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ʿUmar Rāfiʿu
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b. c. 1800, d. c. 1885


Salvaing (1989).


A resident of Dara Labé, his father, Moodi Salihou, was an associate of al-ḥājj ʿUmar, and followed him to Dinguiray. There, ʿUmar Rāfiʿu received the Tijānī wird from al-ḥājj ʿUmar, before returning to Dara Labé, where he was for eight years chief of the village, whilst the imamate passed through his descendants. Several of his decendants were also renowned scholars. ʿUmar is remembered as the promoter of the Tijāniyya in the region; he gave the wird to many inhabitants of Dara …

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“ʿUmar Rāfiʿu”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2016

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