Tijani Research Council

The Tijaniyya Research Council

This research collective aims to assist, share, and coordinate research related to the Tijaniyya Sufi order. We hope to make such research more accessible to a non-academic audience through multiple mediums including print literature, website development, social media presence, and conference and teaching activities. We are a loose network of researchers with similar (and dissimilar) interests, and we do not represent or censure each others’ diverse perspectives.

The Tijaniyya Research Council recognizes the challenges to traditionally constituted religious authority presented by the cacophony of voices in the new digital world. We hope to draw on this dynamism while highlighting a core textual tradition, maintained by chains of personalized knowledge transmission still relevant in the contemporary world. We thus hope to create and sustain dialogues between traditionally constituted religious authorities, academic researchers, and new generations of intellectuals whatever their training.

In particular, the Tijaniyya Research Council hopes to support the ongoing work of gathering a database of literature produced by intellectuals within the Tijaniyya. We recognize that the lens of a particular Sufi order cannot hope to circumscribe the various hybrid identities of intellectuals identifying themselves with such an order. But such circumscription, however negotiated and porous it may be for individuals, nonetheless opens significant vistas into the layered dynamism of Islamic intellectual history. The Tijaniyya, like any other school of thought within orthodox Islam, thus serves as a window through which to observe Islam’s vibrant scholarly production.

Research Affiliates

Affiliates can be academic researchers, Islamic scholars, community organizers, artists, or simply avid readers. To become a research affiliate, please inquire through the contact section.

Academic Affiliates

Johara Berriane

Researcher in Anthropology, Marc Bloch Center, Humboldt University of Berlin

Andrea Brigaglia

Research Professor, Department of Asian, African, and Mediterranean Studies, University of Napoli, Italy.

Farah El-Sharif

PhD student, Near East Languages and Civilization, Harvard University, Boston, USA

Joseph Hill

Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Ousmane Kane

Professor of Islamic Studies, Harvard University.

Ousman Kobo

Associate Professor, History, Ohio State University

Oludamini Ogunnaike

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, University of Virginia.

Samiha Rahman

Assistant Professor, Human Development, California State University Long Beach.

Amir Syed

Visiting Assistant Professor, History, University of Pittsburgh.

Zachary Wright

Associate Professor, History and Religious Studies, Northwestern University in Qatar.

Said Bousbina

Independent Researcher, PhD in History, Sorbonne University.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Professor of French and Romance Philology, Columbia University.

Antonio de Diego Gonzalez

Assistant Professor, Islamic Philosophy, University Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain.

Samir Hariche

Senior Philosophy Teacher, PhD candidate, Sorbonne University.

Jamillah Karim

Independent Researcher, PhD in Islamic Studies from Duke University.

Rasul Miller

Assistant Professor, History, University of California Irvine.

Michele Petrone

Postdoc, Institute of Civilizations, Arts, and Letters, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

Rüdiger Seesemann

Professor of Islamic Studies, Bayreuth University, Germany.

Adnan Adrian Wood-Smith

PhD student, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University

Philipp Valentini

PhD candidate, Studies of Religion, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Abdul Latif Finch

PhD candidate, Islamic Philosophy, University of Exeter, UK.

Hany Ibrahim

PhD, Department of Classics and Religion, University of Calgary, Canada.

Other Intellectual Affiliates

Ibrahim b. Muhammad al-Kabir al-Tijani

Descendant of Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani, Fez, Morocco

Ibrahim Dimson

Editor-in-chief, Fayda Books, Atlanta, USA
Muqaddam of Shaykh Hassan Cisse and Shaykh Tijani Cisse

Fakhruddin Owaisi

Instructor, Madina Institute, Cape Town, South Africa
Muqaddam of Shaykh Hassan Cisse

Abdussamad Paolo Urizzi

Independent Researcher, Italy.
Muqaddam of Shaykh Muhammad al-Hafiz al-Misri.

Abdul Hafeez Salaudeen Cisee

Imam, Daryl Kitabi wal Hikmati UK.
Muqaddam of Shaykh Tijani Cisse.

Isma'eel Bakare

Independent researcher, blogger, Nigeria.

Mustafa Briggs

Student at Azhar University and University of London, SOAS.
Muqaddam of Shaykh Ould al-Khayri.

Talut Dawood

Translator, Imam Ghazali Institute.
Muqaddam of Shaykh Mahy Cisse.

Ashaki Taha-Cisse

Independent scholar, Boston, USA.
Muqaddam of Shaykh Hassan Cisse.

Kareem Monib

Translator and Independent Scholar, Washington, DC, USA.
Muqaddam of Shaykh Salah al-Din al-Misri

Khalid Ajmain

Founder of Sout Ilaahi, Singapore.
Muqaddam of Shaykh Mahy Cisse