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Maryam Bt. Ibrāhīm b. ʿAbd Allāh Niyās
(175 words)

called al-Shaykha Maryam, b. 1350/1932-


See Samb (1972), Coulon (1988).


Born in Kossi, a village not far from Kaolack, she was trained in Qurʾanic studies by the Mauritanian Sh. Rabbāni and his two sons, Muḥammad Maḥmūd w. Rabbānī and ʿAbd Allāh w. Rabbānī in her father’s zāwiya in Madina Kaolack. She memorized the Qurʾān by the time she was sixteen and was taught Arabic grammar and syntax, and Maliki jurisprudence, by the well-known Senegalese scholar Muḥammad Thiam.

In 1950 she was married to a disciple of her father …

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“Maryam Bt. Ibrāhīm b. ʿAbd Allāh Niyās”, 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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