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“This book's greatest strength is its detailed narrative of Bamba's life. Through written and oral histories, this book presents an account, unprecedented in European languages, into the life and times of Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba. The only comparable published works are the Arabic biography of Bamba by his son and Cheikh Anta Babou's book. This work is an accessible and important introduction to one of the major figures of Sufism in the 20th century, whose response to colonialism remains inspiring and relevant.”
“Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba ranks with such apostles of peaceful militancy as Mahatma Gandhi, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, and Martin Luther King Jr. Kimball’s presentation of this Sufi shaykh’s espousal of non-violent social change is compelling and timely. Quoting frequently from Ahmadou Bamba’s own writings, Kimball weaves a narrative of anti- colonial resistance and social transformation. That such an activist voice could emerge from the din of colonial alienation is a testament to the enduring strength of the principle of peace in Islam.”
Al Akhawayn University, Morocco