Saints and Sufi Orders I: The Hamawiyya

Benjamin F. Soares

in Islam and the Prayer Economy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622856
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670635 | DOI:
Saints and Sufi Orders I: The Hamawiyya

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This chapter presents an overview of the social history of the Hamawiyya, one of the two main Sufi orders that are the dominant institutional forms through which Islam has been practiced in the region for more than a century. It traces the emergence of the Hamawiyya under French colonialism, the appeal of and opposition to Shaykh Hamallah, his persecution, and the repression of his followers. By looking at the Sufi order in the postcolonial period, it focuses on what is called an economy of martyrdom around a religious community that largely defines itself in relation to its absent leader and in opposition to other Muslims.

Keywords: Islam; Sufism; Saints, Muslim; Sufi orders; Tijaniyya; Hamawiyya; Hamallah, Shaykh; Mali; Nioro du Mali; Colonialism, French

Chapter.  16513 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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