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Aḥmad al-Kabīr al-Madanī
(140 words)

b. 1836, d. 1898.


The eldest son of his father (by his wife ʿĀʾisha Jallo), he became his principal successor, based in Segu, assuming in 1874 the title amīr al-muʾminīn. When the French forces under Archinard began to approach in 1893 he undertook a hijra eastwards, and ended up with his followers in northern Nigeria


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According to Inventaire, 271, “Envoi d’argent aux destinataires dans l’espoir de relation privilégié…

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“Aḥmad al-Kabīr al-Madanī”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2016

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