Muslim brotherhoods of Senegal

This is a list of Muslim groups in Senegal (and also The Gambia). They are active Muslim organizations that can also be found in many other parts of Africa and the Islamic world.

The three largest are:

  • The Xaadir (Qādiriyya), the oldest, originally founded in Baghdad by the Sufi mystic Abdul Qādir al-Jilānī in the 12th Century, now pan-Islamic, spread to Senegal in the 18th Century.
  • The Tijaniyyah, the largest in membership,[citation needed] founded in Fez, Morocco by the Algerian born marabout Sīdī 'Aḥmad at-Tijānī.
  • The Mourides, the richest[citation needed] and most active, founded by marabout Cheikh Amadou Bamba (1850–1927) of French West Africa, now Senegal.
  • The Layene are a smaller sect, centered at Yoff north of Dakar.

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