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Abū Bakr b. ʿAbd Allāh Niyās
(139 words)

known in Nigeria and Ghana as Abubakar Serigne Mbaye, and in Senegal as Baye Mbaye, b. c 1903, d. 1973


The youngest son of ʿAbd Allāh Niyās, he supported Ibrāhīm’s claim to supreme leadership of the Tijāniyya, and travelled widely in West Africa to promote the Niassene branch. He was a member of the inner circle at Kaolack.


1. K. al-ḥikam

MS: Kaolack [dated c. 1350/1931] (copy in UBMIA/TIJ, 84).

2. Naṣīḥat al-ikhwān bi’l-ʿilm wa’l-ʿamal

Text of a speech given in Tamale, Ghana in 1962.

Publ. Kano: Northern Maktabat Press, n.d. (copy in UBMIA/TIJ…

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“Abū Bakr b. ʿAbd Allāh Niyās”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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