Serigne Mouhammadou Mahmoud Niang


Although Murîdiyya is one of the most studied Sufi religious brotherhoods of Africa, its endogenous 'ajami literature - referred to as Wolofal - remains largely understudied. The external scholarship on Murîdiyya generally focuses on its history, its non-violent resistance against French colonization, and its work ethic or its so-called 'Africanization' of Islam. As a result, the Mur?ds' own beliefs are often simplified. The dearth of scholarship on Murîd ?ajami sources may be partially explained by the paucity of scholars trained in Western schools with the appropriate skills to unlock their 'ajami documents. Nevertheless, these documents capture the Murîds' own accounts of the life and mission of Shaykh Ahmadu Bamba (the founder of the tariqa) and their own beliefs. By translating Ñang's Wolofal book entitled Jaar-jaari-Boroom Tuubaa (Itineraries of Boroom Tuubaa) and using insights from an interview with the Author, this presentation departs from the traditional theory-driven approach to a data-driven method to reveal Murîds' 'unfiltered' voices.