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Rūḥ al-ᵓAdab (The Spirit of Good Morals) by Shaykh Ibrahim Niass

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I hope to present more information about the PDFs in the library as I have time and as people volunteer to help me annotate things. The first PDF I want to present is Shaykh Ibrāhīm Niasse's (Ñas's) first work, his short poem Rūḥ al-ᵓAdab (The Spirit of Good Morals). Fakhruddin Owaisi of Cape Town kindly sent me the images. Click here to visit the PDF page and here for the English translation and very useful commentary by the author's grandson Shaykh Hassan Cissé.

Ruh al-Adab by Shaykh Ibrahim
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 03:29

PDF Library of works relating to the Tijaniyyah and the Faydah

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Hasan Dem: Kashf al-GhitaaI have started a project to create a citable library of all available bibliographic and other resources related to the Fayḍah. This includes several parts:

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 03:46

Death of the Khalifah Cheikh Ahmed Niasse (Pàppa Daam) in Morocco

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The Khalifah of Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse (Ñas), Shaykh Ahmad Ibrahim Ñas (Cheikh Ahmed Ibrahim Niasse), has passed away in Morocco.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 August 2010 23:34

Translation of Sayyidah Maryam's Al-Jazeera Interview

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I have finally found the time to make a quick translation of the interview on the Al-Jazeera program “Ziyārah Khāṣṣah” (Special Visit) between Sayyidah Maryam Ñas and Al-Jazeera's Sāmī Kulayb. The original interview in Arabic is available on the Al-Jazeera web site here. Here is my quick translation, and I invite any corrections or comments:

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 November 2009 18:14

Welcome to!

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Medina Baay mosque, near completion of its renovation, 2009Medina Baay (written in French as “Médina Baye”) is a center of Islamic learning and Sufi practice on the outskirts of Kaolack, Senegal established in 1930 by Shaykh ᵓIbrāhīm Ñas (1900-1975), a leader of the Tijānī Sufi order who has millions of followers worldwide. Ñas is known to Senegalese disciples as “Baay” (“Father,” written “Baye” in French). The Medina Baay Research Association (originally called the Medina Baay Historical and Social Research Committee) conducts and presents research on the history and current dimensions of Shaykh ᵓIbrāhīm's disciples worldwide. The Association began its research in 2004, founded by anthropologist Joseph Hill and residents of Medina Baay, and since then its members have conducted research sporadically.

Our research consists of several activities:

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2009 18:14

Research in Senegal, 2010

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Joseph Hill, Ayda Caam, and Buuso DaraameI spent the month of June in Senegal doing research, primarily in Dakar and partly in Medina Baay Kaolack, Ñooro, Tayba Ñaseen, Kóosi Mbittéyeen, and Daaru Mbittéyeen. The main purpose was to finish the research for my book on women in the Faydah, and thanks to my great collaborators I was able to meet and interview several woman leaders I had never met before in addition to revisiting many whom I have known for years. Some photos we took can be found here. (Photos from last year's research can be found in the Senegal 2009 set.)

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 03:12

The Great Sikkarkat Baabakar Caam (Babacar Thiam) Has Died

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Baabakar Caam leading Sikkar at Daaru Mbittéyeen Gàmmu, 2004This year's Medina Baay Gàmmu (Mawlid), scheduled for this coming Friday night, is set to be unlike any other in history, with visiting heads of state and the inauguration of the newly renovated mosque. However, amidst all the good news, Sheex Baay Caam has just informed me that the man who has led the chanting at the Gàmmu for decades and was to lead it again this year has just died. Baabakar Caam (Babacar Thiam), blind since his birth in a Séeréer-speaking Ñoominka fishing village, became a renowned Islamic school teacher, spiritual guide, and the most formidable Taalibe Baay Sufi chanter. Personally picked by Baay Ñas and educated by Baay Ñas's blind cousin, Usmaan Faati Jàllo Ñas, Baabakar Caam was the indispensable element at any major Taalibe Baay religious meeting for decades. He will be buried today (Wednesday, February 24) in Medina Baay, Kaolack.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2010 16:18

Al-Jazeera Interview with Séyda Mariyama

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Shaykha Mariyama Ñas, her interviewer, Sāmī Kulayb, and Qurᵓān studentsAn interview with Séyda Mariyama Ibrayima Ñas was broadcast on Al-Jazeera two days ago (on October 24th). The transcript and video, both in Arabic, are available here. My own French and English translations are now available.
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 November 2009 18:28

Photo gallery: Woman Muqaddams

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Here are photographs of some of the woman muqaddams we interviewed in Dakar and in Kaolack. (For some of my observations about woman religious leaders, see this article.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2009 02:07
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Newsflash came back on line on September 10, 2009, at least sort of. Our archives are still awaiting a server, but the Medina Baay Research Association will report here on its ongoing fieldwork, findings, and observations. Please stay tuned as we redesign the site and reorganize our archive of interviews, meeting transcriptions, photos, manuscripts, videos, and so on.