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The Jahanke Of Touba
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There are two main lineages of Jahanke in Touba: the descedants of al-ḥājj Sālim Suware, and those of Sālim Jābi-Gasama. According to Hunter (1977, 243), “the Jābi-Kasama (sic) ... dominated learning among the Jahanka (sic) and all of the western Manding”. Touba became celebrated not only as a place of Islamic textual learning, but also as a centre for bāṭin knowledge, especially within the Jahanke communities. According to the Taʾrīkh Karamoko Ba (see Sanneh (1981),, 115), the ancestor of the Jābi-Gasama clan was a man called Shuʿayb, and known as Mama Sambou Gasama,…

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“The Jahanke Of Touba”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 05 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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