The best of guides: Sufi poetry and alternate discourses of reform in early twentieth-century Somalia

  title={The best of guides: Sufi poetry and alternate discourses of reform in early twentieth-century Somalia},
  author={Scott Steven Reese},
  journal={Journal of African Cultural Studies},
  pages={49 - 68}
  • S. Reese
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • History
  • Journal of African Cultural Studies
The Qadiriyya Sufi order has long been regarded as the largest and most successful Sufi tariqa in East Africa during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Chapters of the order were found from Somalia in the north to Mozambique in the south and as far inland as the eastern Congo. However, little research has been done to explain how an order with a reputation for literate learning as well as spirituality could gain such a broad following amongst Muslim populations who were largely… 

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