Qadiri Community of Buh Kunta

By Maria Grosz-Ngate and Toba Diagne Haїdara

Images

Ahmed Bashir Kunta (Ahmed Bachir Kounta)

Ahmed Bashir Kunta (Ahmed Bachir Kounta)

Date: January 2007
Mr. Ahmed Bashir Kunta in his office at RTS, the Senegalese national radio and television station.
Amadu Bamba (ca. 1853-1927)

Amadu Bamba (ca. 1853-1927)

Date: 1913
Shaykh Amadu Bamba, photographed in Diourbel, 1913.
Area of former springs (séanes)

Area of former springs (séanes)

Date: December 2007
Area on the outskirts of Ndiassane where, according to oral tradition, Shaykh Buh Kunta made springs erupt that greatly improved the agricultural potential.
Buh Khalifa Kunta (Bou Khalifa Kounta) 1

Buh Khalifa Kunta (Bou Khalifa Kounta) 1

Date: 2007
Mr. Buh Muhamed Kunta, known as Buh Khalifa, at his home in Parcelles Assainies, Dakar. Photo taken after interview.
Buh Khalifa Kunta (Bou Khalifa Kounta) 2

Buh Khalifa Kunta (Bou Khalifa Kounta) 2

Date: 2007
Mr. Buh Khalifa Kunta with his children at his home in Parcelles Assainies, Dakar. Photo taken after interview.
El Haj Mamadu Kunta (El Hadj Mamadou Kounta)

El Haj Mamadu Kunta (El Hadj Mamadou Kounta)

Framed photo of Khalif El Haj Mamadu Kunta (center), the third khalif, with Shaykh Mbacke (left), grandson of Shaykh Amadu Bamba, and son El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu (right). Photographed in room where Khalif El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu Kunta received the authors.
El Haj Mamadu Kunta (El Hadj Mamadou Kounta)

El Haj Mamadu Kunta (El Hadj Mamadou Kounta)

Part of framed photo of El Haj Mamadu Kunta, third khalif of Ndiassane.
El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu Kunta (Mame Bou Mamadou Kounta)

El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu Kunta (Mame Bou Mamadou Kounta)

Framed photo of El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu Kunta in his younger years, taken upon his return from Mecca. Photographed in the room of Khalif El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu where he received the authors.
Fields outside Ndiassane

Fields outside Ndiassane

Date: December 2007
Fields on the outskirts of Ndiassane near the area of the former springs (séanes). The photo shows how dry this area is between rainy seasons.
Khalif El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu Kunta (El Hadj Mame Bou Mamadou Kounta)

Khalif El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu Kunta (El Hadj Mame Bou Mamadou Kounta)

Date: January 2007
El Haj Mame Mamadu Kunta, sixth khalif and first of Shaykh Buh Kunta's grandsons to accede to the khalifate. Photographed after the interview with the authors and Mr. Makhtar Njaga Kone (in foreground).
Khalif El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu Kunta (El Hadj Mame Bou Mamadou Kounta)

Khalif El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu Kunta (El Hadj Mame Bou Mamadou Kounta)

Date: January 2007
Khalif El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu Kunta, sixth khalif and first of Shaykh Buh Kunta's grandsons to acceded to the khalifat. Photographed after the interview with the authors.
Khalif Shaykh Buh Mohamed Kunta (Cheikh Bou Mohamed Kounta)

Khalif Shaykh Buh Mohamed Kunta (Cheikh Bou Mohamed Kounta)

Framed photo of Khalif Shaykh Buh Mohamed Kunta, the fifth khalif and the last of Buh Kunta's sons who acceded to the khalifat. Shaykh Buh Mohamed is on the right; El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu Kunta, the khalif who succeeded Shaykh Buh Mohamed, is in the middle. Photographed in the room where the authors were received by Khalif El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu.
Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta (Sidi Lamine Kounta)

Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta (Sidi Lamine Kounta)

Framed photo of Khalif Sidi Lamine Kounta in his later years. Photographed in the home of Shaykh Moussa Diakhate, Rufisque, Senegal. This image seems to be the only available photo of him as khalif.

Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta Guest Residence

Date: 2011
Three photos showing the guest residence Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta had constructed in Ndiassane to accommodate pilgrims. Images include the building facade, courtyard, and an internal hallway.
Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta Guest Residence (1)

Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta Guest Residence (1)

Date: 2011
Partial view of the façade of a residence Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta had constructed in Ndiassane to accommodate pilgrims. Photographed on a rainy day.
Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta Guest Residence (2)

Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta Guest Residence (2)

Date: 2011
Interior courtyard of residence Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta had constructed in Ndiassane to accommodate pilgrims. Photographed on a rainy day.
Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta Guest Residence (3)

Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta Guest Residence (3)

Date: 2011
Interior hallway of residence Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta had constructed in Ndiassane to accommodate pilgrims.
Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta legacy (4)

Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta legacy (4)

Date: 2007
Water retention basin constructed by Khalif Sidi Lamin Kunta.
Khalif Sidy Yakhya Kunta with Shaykh Mussa Jaxate (Moussa Diakhate)

Khalif Sidy Yakhya Kunta with Shaykh Mussa Jaxate (Moussa Diakhate)

Framed photo of Shaykh Moussa Diakhate with Khalif Sidy Yakhya Kounta. Photographed in the home of Mr. Diakhate, Rufisque, Senegal.

Landscape Around Ndiassane

Date: 2012
Gallery of images showing the area in and around Ndiassane...
Malik Sy (ca. 1855-1922)

Malik Sy (ca. 1855-1922)

Date: 1912
El Haj Malik Sy, photographed in Tivaouane, ca. 1912.
Path leading to area of former séanes

Path leading to area of former séanes

Date: December 2007
Path on the outskirts of Ndiassane leading to the area where the springs (séanes) had been located.
Pilgrims Doussou Sangare and Fatoumata Soucko

Pilgrims Doussou Sangare and Fatoumata Soucko

Date: April 7, 2007
Mrs. Doussou Sangare and Mrs. Fatoumata Soucko, from the Hamdallaye neighborhood of Bamako, Mali. Photographed during the 2007 gàmmu in Ndiassane.
Rock near Ndiassane

Rock near Ndiassane

Date: December 2007
Rock that is said to bear the imprint of the fingers of Shaykh Buh Kunta's hand along a path in the fields on the outskirts of Ndiassane.
Shaykh Bekkai Faal (Cheikh Bécaye Fall)

Shaykh Bekkai Faal (Cheikh Bécaye Fall)

Date: January 5, 2007
Shaykh Bekkai Faal during interview in Ndiassane. Faal is the Wolof equivalent of the Malian surname Coulibaly.
Shaykh Buh Njaay (Cheikh Bou Ndiaye) (1)

Shaykh Buh Njaay (Cheikh Bou Ndiaye) (1)

Date: 2007
Photo of Shaykh Buh Njaay in his home in Thiès, Senegal, taken after the interview with the authors.
Shaykh Buh Njaay (Cheikh Bou Ndiaye) (2)

Shaykh Buh Njaay (Cheikh Bou Ndiaye) (2)

Date: 2007
Photo of Shaykh Buh Njaay in his home in Thiès, Senegal, taken after the interview with the authors.
Shaykh Buh Njaay (Cheikh Bou Ndiaye) (3)

Shaykh Buh Njaay (Cheikh Bou Ndiaye) (3)

Date: 2007
Photo of Shaykh Buh Njaay in his home in Thiès, Senegal, taken after the interview with the authors.
Shaykh Buh al-Bekkai Kunta (Cheikh Bou al-Bécaye Kounta)

Shaykh Buh al-Bekkai Kunta (Cheikh Bou al-Bécaye Kounta)

Date: January 2008
Cropped photo of the first khalif of Buh Kunta, Shaykh Buh al- Békkai.  The full framed photo includes two other religious leaders who were obscured by the glare from the camera flash. Photographed in the home of Shaykh Mussa Diakhate, Rufisque, Senegal.
Shaykh Mamadu Mbodj (Cheikh Mamadou Mbodj)

Shaykh Mamadu Mbodj (Cheikh Mamadou Mbodj)

Date: August 2007
Shaykh Mamadu Mbodj in his home in Bargny at the interview with the authors.
Shaykh Pape Malick Beye

Shaykh Pape Malick Beye

Date: January 2007
Shaykh Pape Malick Beye, director of one of the four Koranic schools in Ndiassane.
Shaykh Saad Buh

Shaykh Saad Buh

Date: 1900
Shaykh Saad Buh (ca. 1850-1917) receiving disciples, with period furniture and rug, ca. 1900.
Shaykh Sidiyya Baba in Caravan

Shaykh Sidiyya Baba in Caravan

Date: 1903
Shaykh Sidiyya Baba (1862-1924) traveling in a camel caravan with his entourage, 1903. He stands out by his white robes, signifying a Muslim scholar or marabout. The picture came from the Fonds Auguste Terrien at the Institut de France in Paris. It was supplied to David Robinson by Ghislaine Lydon and placed in his book, "Paths of Accommodation."
Sons and main followers of Shaykh Buh Kunta

Sons and main followers of Shaykh Buh Kunta

Photo taken by Paul Marty in Ndiassane in which he identifies the four eldest sons of Shaykh Buh Kunta. It is titled:
les fils et les principaux talibés de Bou Kounta,  à Ndiassane
  1. Abd Er-Rahman. – 2. Bekkaï. – 3. Khalifa. – 4. Sidi Lamin.
 
Soxna Astuh Kunta (Sokhna Astou Kounta)

Soxna Astuh Kunta (Sokhna Astou Kounta)

Date: August 2011
Photo of Soxna Astuh Kunta in her room in the residence of Khalif El Haj Mame Buh Mamadu Kunta.
Warc 265, El Haj Shaykh Buh Kunta Jamm (El Hadj Cheikh Bou Kounta Thiam)

Warc 265, El Haj Shaykh Buh Kunta Jamm (El Hadj Cheikh Bou Kounta Thiam)

Date: January 2008
El Haji Buh Kunta Jamm, named after Shaykh Buh Kunta, in his home in the Medina neighborhood of Dakar. Photographed after the interview with the authors.