1st Edition

The Jakhanke The History of an Islamic Clerical People of the Senegambia

By Lamin O. Sanneh Copyright 1979
    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    When originally published in 1979, this was the first comprehensive study of the Jakhanke in any language. Despite the 19th ambience of jihad, the Jakhanke maintined their tradition of consistent pacifism and political neutrality which is unique in Muslim Black Africa. Drawing on histories, interviews, and colonial reports the book traces the details of the Jakhanke pilgrimages and analyses important themes such as their system of education, their function as dream-interpreters and amulet-makers and finally the dependence of their way of life on the institution of slavery.

    Introduction: Historical Interpretation and sources

    1. the Birth of the Jakhanke Islamic Clerical Tradition . c1200-c.1500

    2. The emergence of the Core Clans of Jakhanke Clerics c.1200-c.1700

    3. Jakhanke Centres in Bundu c.1700-c1890

    4. Momodou-Lamin Darame and Patterns of Jakhanke Dispersion in Senegambia: The 19th Century

    5. The Jakhanke in Futa Jallon: The 19th Century

    6. Touba and the Colonial Misfortune: The Expropriation of Touba's Clerical Privilege 1905-11

    7. Jakhanke Educational Enterprise

    8. Prayers, Dreams and Religious Healing

    9. Slavery, Islam and the Jakhanke

    10. Conclusions


    Lamin Sanneh is the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School and Professor of History at Yale University. Sanneh was born and raised in Gambia. After studying at the University of Birmingham and the Near East School of Theology, Beirut, he earned his doctorate in Islamic History at the University of London.