Ndiassane (pop. approx. 4000) is the premier center of the Qâdiriyya in Senegal. It was established in 1884 by Cheikh Bou Kounta (1844-1914), who was related to the famous Kunti sheikhs of Timbuktu and Arawan (modern-day Mali ). Ndiassane is a small shrine, consisting of a mosque-mausoleum complex on the central square with a large compound to the west. This compound was Cheikh Bou's original homestead but has since been developed as a hostel for pilgrims. Plans for a larger Friday mosque and an official residence for the caliph have been laid out but construction has hardly begun.
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