This sketch aims to be a comprehensive resource for information about Sëriñ Alliw Siise, and I also include here information about his ancestors and relatives and his natal village of Joosoŋ because for the moment there is no other place for such information. Sëriñ Alliw Siise was khalīfah) in his will, letters, and poetry. It is not uncommon for an Islamic leader in Senegal to designate someone other than a son as a successor, but it is uncommon for this person actually to gain recognition as the successor. Many still dispute whether or not Alliw Siise actually became Baay’s successor.]]> ’s closest disciple, and Baay Ñas designated him as his successor (
Màbba Jaxu Ba is the key figure in the history of Islam in southern Senegal during the latter half of the 19th century. Behind him, Muslims of various social and cultural groups united to fight the non-Islamic faction (which they called ceddo) and established a short-lived but revolutionary Islamic state that has cast a long shadow over all aspects of life in Saalum.]]>
My primary references to shatu (“Maa Astu”) Saar are from Haraka’s Roundtable documents. This information is based on those documents, and his information is based on interviews with three of ’s elders.]]> , the father of Baay Ñas’s wife ᶜĀᵓi
Cerno Hasan Dem (Ash-Shaykh al-Ḥājj Ḥasan Dem al-Fūtiyy), one of Baay Ñas’s major muqaddams, was a Haal Pulaar born in the Mauritanian side of Fuuta Tooro but spent most of his life in Medina Baay. He had a number of muqaddams, some of them female.
held his “roundtable” in honor of Cerno Hasan Dem on Friday 13 October, 1995, and the documents he collected for this roundtable give some information about Hasan Dem’s family. Haraka lists Dem’s children as follows:
Haraka says this information is from Sayyidah al-Ḥājjah Fāṭimah Ḥasan Dem (Ḥasan Dem’s oldest child), 12 October, 1995.]]>