Contemporary Dynamics of the Bou Kounta Qadiri Community

By Maria Grosz-Ngaté


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Creator: Kounta, Bou Mouhamed
Daouda Faye
Description: El Hadj Mame Bou Mouhamed Kounta (Ballé) is a grandson of Bou Kounta who was born in Ndiassane but grew up in Saint-Louis and received his Koranic and secular education there, graduating with a diploma from the technical college. His father graduated from the “School of Hostages” in Saint-Louis, a school created by the French colonial administration and later renamed “School of Sons of Chiefs and Interpreters”.
El Hadj describes how he was inducted into 18 months of military service and recounts the working life that followed and that took him to Mauritania and Saudi Arabia. He stresses the importance of work and highlights with pride his skills in woodworking. He also offers his thoughts on religion, on the tarikha, and on relations between the tarikha.
Interview conducted in Wolof by Daouda Faye. Translation into French by Gana Ndiaye.

Date: June 17, 2015
Date Range: 2010-2019
Location: Ndiassane, Thies, Senegal
Format: Audio/mp3
Language: Wolof
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Contributing Institution: Maria Grosz-Ngate; MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University
Contributor: Gana Ndiaye
Digitizer: Maria Grosz-Ngaté