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Aḥmad al-Kabīr Mbaye b. Bābacar
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called Mame Shaykh Mbaye, b. 1280/1864, d. 1365/1946


Born in Bokoul, not far from the city of Koki in Northern Senegal, he was trained in Qurʾānic and basic Arabic studies by his senior brother ʿAbd Allāh Mbaye. He then traveled in different parts of Senegal in search of deeper knowledge. He attended the teachings of the most learned and famous Senegalese scholars of his life time, including Al-Ḥājj Mālik Sy, Makala b. Mūsa Diakhate, and Aḥmad Bamba. The latter initiated him to the Muridiyya. He worked as a qāḍī in many kingdoms of the Njambur …

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“Aḥmad al-Kabīr Mbaye b. Bābacar”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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