Research

Glass painting of Shaykh Ibrahim (Baay) Ñas, flanked by Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani and the Prophet Muhammad.

Glass painting of Shaykh Ibrahim (Baay) Ñas, flanked by Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani and the Prophet Muhammad. (See my photo archive.)

This site is dedicated to my ongoing research. I also have an official University of Alberta web page and an Academia.edu page with links to my publications. Some of my photos can be found on Flickr.

Since 2001, I have conducted field research on a global Islamic movement, the Fayḍah Tijāniyya, or the branch of the Tijani Sufi order that follows Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse, better known to his disciples as “Baay” (“Father” in the Wolof language of Senegal. Senegalese Fayḍa adherents often call themselves “Taalibe Baay” (“Disciples of Baay”).

My primary geographical focus is the movement’s place of origin, Senegal. I have also conducted research among members of the movement in Mauritania, other West African countries, the United States, Egypt, and the United Kingdom.

Currently, my research and writing most actively focuses on two primary areas:

The Medina Baay Mosque, Kaolack, photographed in 2001.