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Saʿīd b. ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Wele
(428 words)

b. 1341/1923


Born in Louga, he is a grandson of Alfa Mayoro Wele, the uncle of al-ḥājj Mālik Sy the Great whom he (Alfa Mayoro) initiated into the Tijāniyya. Saʿīd Wele learnt the Qurʾān with different masters, including Mor Seek, Demba Ndiaye and Amīn Kébé. He spent part of his life in Tivaouane where he was trained among others by ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz b. Mālik Sy and his brother Manṣūr b. Malik Sy. He built an Arabic school in Gaya (Northern Sénégal). He is now the Khalīfa of the Alfa Mayoro branch of the Tijāniyya based in Gaya. His writi…

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“Saʿīd b. ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Wele”, 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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