Gender and agency in the history of a West African Sufi community: The followers of Yacouba Sylla1

Sean Hanretta*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In 1929 French colonial officials in Mauritania began monitoring a young man named Yacouba Sylla, the leader of a religious revival in the town of Kaédi. A Sufi teacher (shaykh), Yacouba Sylla had incurred the hostility of local administrators and the disdain of Kaédi’s elite for preaching radical reforms of social and religious practice and for claiming authority out of proportion to his age and his rather minimal formal education. He claimed to derive his authority instead from a controversial shaykh named Ahmed Hamallah, then in exile from his home in Nioro, French Soudan (now Mali).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPracticing Sufism
Subtitle of host publicationSufi politics and performance in Africa
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages74-104
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781317233497
ISBN (Print)9781138649187
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences

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