The death of an icon for Islam in Senegal

I’m very interested in Senegalese music & culture, so I’m posting this item from MetaFilter.

Serigne Saliou Mbacké, the leader of the Mourides, a prominent Sufi Islamic brotherhood in Senegal, died a week ago today. One of the most influential people in Senegal, he had been the the last living son of the Mouride founder Chiekh Amadou Bamba. Thousands of peoplehave traveled Touba, the Mouride capital, to pay their respects.

The new leader of the Mourides, Mouhamadou Lamine Bara Mbacke, is the first grandson of Caliph Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke to become leader.

Many of New York City’s street vendors are Mouride followers, and they send much of their money back to Touba. For an interesting article about them, read this. A must read for anyone who doesn’t realize just how bad Giuliani is.

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