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Title:West African Sufi: the religious heritage and spiritual search of Cerno Bokar Saalif Taal
Author:Brenner, LouisISNI
Publisher:C. Hurst
ISBN:0905838718; 1850657939
Geographic terms:French-speaking Africa
West Africa
Subjects:Islamic history
biographies (form)
About person:Cerno Bokar Saalif Taal (ca. 1883-1940)ISNI
Abstract:An analysis of the dynamics of Islam in West Africa through the biography of Cerno Bokar Saalif Taal, great-nephew of al-Haji Umar Taal, the 19th century jihadist and proselytizer of the Tijaniyya Sufi order. Cerno Bokar, born in the early 1880's grew to maturity in the context of the imposition of French colonial power and the concurrent transformation of Tijani political and religious authority. Cerno Bokar was a contemplative mystic whose greatest wish was to activate the principles of his religion within himself. the book is divided into three parts: the first describes the relevant religious and political developments in the 19th and 20th centuries, the second discusses Cerno Bokar's own life and teaching. The third part is a translation of a selction of his discourses.