Tiénaba

 

Tiénaba (also spelled Thiénaba and Cénaba) is a small Tijânî center near Thiès. It was established in 1882 by Amary Ndack Seck (1830-1899), one of the leaders of Ahmadou Cheikhou's ill-fated jihad of 1875. Amary Ndack settled in Tiénaba after the site was revealed to him through a luminous sign. With only about 3000 inhabitants, Tiénaba is a very small shrine-town, but it has a strong religious identity. The sanctuary consists of a mosque-cemetery complex to the east of the town square, where the order's leaders are buried in mausolea, and the large compounds of its great sheikhs, descendents of Amary Ndack, to the west.

 

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