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Aḥmad ʿIyān Sy b. ʿUthmān Sy
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b. 10 Jumādā I 1331/17 April 1913, d. 1984


Samb, (1972), 85-98; Diouf (2002)


The eldest son of ʿUthmān Sy, Aḥmad ʿIyān founded a branch of the Tijāniyya distinct from the better-known branch of his brother Mālik Sy. He was taught the Qurʾān by his father, who also initiated him into Arabic literature and Sufism. However, it was through the teaching of his father’s disciple and biographer Cerno Mody Āche that he deepened his knowledge of the Islamic sciences.…

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“Aḥmad ʿIyān Sy b. ʿUthmān Sy”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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