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Mālīk b. ʿUthmān b. Muʿādh b. ʿAlī b. Yūsuf Sy
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known as al-ḥājj Mālik Sy, b c. 1855, d. 1922.


Founder of the larger Senegambian Tijani community, Mālik Sy was born at Gaya near Dagana in northern Senegal. Although born a Futanke, he was raised among the Wolof and was assimilated to them. Raised by his maternal uncle Alfa Mayoro Wele who initiated him into the Tijaniyya ṭarīqa, Malik Sy became a pe…

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“Mālīk b. ʿUthmān b. Muʿādh b. ʿAlī b. Yūsuf Sy”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 26 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2016

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