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This chapter is written by Ousmane Kane and John Hunwick

The Murīds (or Mourides) are the most studied Sufi order of West Africa. Three generations of scholars have worked on the Mourides in European languages: the colonial scholars starting from Paul Marty, the early post-colonial scholars (Cruise O’Brien, Copans, Cheikh Tidiane Sy), as well as a number of younger scholars over the past decade. The first and second generation extensively covered the process through which, following the colonial conquest …

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“Introduction”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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