The Divine Flood
Ibrahim Niasse and the Roots of a Twentieth-Century Sufi Revival
Reviews and Awards
"Based on a meticulous analysis of the relevant literature in both Arabic and European languages, The Divine Flood traces the appeal of the Sufi message brought by Ibrahim Niasse from its doctrinal origins to its reception in the popular imagination. Few books provide such balanced insight into the inner dynamics of an expansive Muslim movement in sub-Saharan Africa." -- Louis Brenner, Emeritus Professor of the History of Religion in Africa, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
"Seesemann provides a truly remarkable portrait of a major Muslim scholar presenting a significant case study within the broad framework of Islamic spirituality in the twentieth century. The volume is based on a familiarity with both archival and analytical sources, extensive interviews, and the literary resources of the spiritual traditions of Ibrahim Niasse. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in the continuing dynamism of religion in the contemporary world." -- John Voll, professor of Islamic history and associate director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
"The Divine Flood succeeds brilliantly in providing a textured and highly engaging account of the emergence of Ibrahim Niasse as the most influential Tijani Sufi leader in West Africa in the mid-twentieth-century. Seesemann's research is expansive, imaginative, and incisive, and his superb book is sure to become a model study for the social construction of Sufi sainthood and Muslim identity." --Ahmet T. Karamustafa, Professor of History & Religious Studies, Washington University in St. Louis.
"The Divine Flood is both ahead of its time and past due. . . . . Rüdiger Seesemann is to be applauded and encouraged for selecting Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse as the paradigm for the success and continuity of Islamic scholarship and spiritual cohesiveness. His expertise is not lost in turgid terminology and yet still carries the weight of over a decade of personalised experience and study. It is hoped that further research on Islam in Africa and specifically the components of the Jama'at al-fayda will be given the proper due and investigation in the same fashion as Seesemann's masterful work here."--FLOODPLAINS® blog