Contemporary Dynamics of the Bou Kounta Qadiri Community

By Maria Grosz-Ngaté


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Creator: Coulibaly, Cheikh Becaye
Hady Sow
Description: El Hadj Bécaye Coulibaly offers an intimate account of his life and relationship with the Kounta family, providing considerable insight into the actions and interactions of the different khalifs. In a nearly seamless narrative he details how his father left the French Sudan (now Mali) to join the Bou Kounta community in Ndiassane to become a devoted follower. He remained after Bou Kounta’s death to serve his successor Khalif Bécaye Kounta, even when his family sought him to return home. El Hadj Bécaye eventually assumed his father’s role vis-à-vis the khalifs while also maintaining the relationship with his paternal family in the village of Dougabougou (Ségou region). Over time he became the khalifs’ intermediary with followers of Mande background and traveled to Mali regularly. In the latter part of the interview he speaks briefly about his Koranic school (daara), his dedication to agriculture, and some of the changes in religious rituals he has observed.
Interview conducted in Wolof by Hady Sow. Translated into French by Gana Ndiaye.

Date: June 21, 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
Digitizer: Maria Grosz-Ngaté