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On The Path Of The Prophet – Shaykh Ahmad Tijani (Recorded)

On The Path Of The Prophet – Shaykh Ahmad Tijani (Recorded)

Shaykh Ahmad Tijani (1737-1815), a North African Muslim scholar, articulated a vision of Islamic actualization and renewal at a time of immense political change and perceived social corruption. He considered his Sufi path “The Path of Muhammad” (SAW), or Tariqa Muhammadiyya, and linked spiritual perfection on the Sufi path to an intense love and emulation of the Prophet. This course explores his teachings in the historical context of the late eighteenth-century Muslim world, with particular reference to North and West Africa where the Tijaniyya Sufi order would become well received.

On The Path Of The Prophet – Shaykh Ahmad Tijani


  • Adult Learning


May 13, 2024 - July 2, 2024








1:00 am


4.5 (110 ratings)





Key Objectives

  • Understand key concepts of tasawwuf, and their relationship to the Islamic tradition
  • Appreciate the vibrancy of 18th century Islamic intellectual exchange
  • Gain insights into the relationship between the Tijaniyya and other Sufi orders
  • The course includes

  • Recorded Lessons: 7 weeks days (1 hour per week)
  • Recorded Group Discussions: Engaging dialogues to enhance understanding
  • Course Schedule

    Not Applicable


    Taught by Dr. Zakariya Wright between the 13th of May 2024 and 1st of July 2024, this recorded classes provides a thematic look at the life and teachings of Shaykh Ahmad Tijani.

    The course is intended for anyone who desires knowledge of one of the world’s most popular Sufi orders, or paths of Islamic mysticism. Those interested in the history of Islam in the eighteenth century will also find this course useful.

    Week 1Why learn about Sufism in historical context? Introducing Shaykh Ahmad Tijani. The Concept of the Tariqa Muhammadiyah. Discussion of sources in the field.

    Week 2: Eighteenth Century Islamic Intellectual History: the School of Ibrahim Kurani, the “Book of Five Jewels” in the Hijaz, the Khalwatiyya in Egypt, the North African Shadhiliyya, Muhammadan Sufism in West Africa.

    Week 3: Shaykh Ahmad Tijani, a Scholarly Portrait I: Islamic Law, Theology and wahdat al-wujud, Esoteric Sciences.

    Week 4: Recording not available.

    Week 5Tijani’s perspectives on the potentiality of the human condition.  The Vision of the Prophet.

    Week 6: The Seal of Saints and Hidden Pole. 

    Week 7: The Way of Gratitude in an Age of Corruption.

    Week 8: Q & A, Discussion. Stories from later Tijani masters.


    • Zachary Wright, Realising Islam: The Tijaniyya in North Africa and the Eighteenth-Century Muslim World (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). Free download available online.
    • Course syllabus
    • Other articles on course management system
    • There are no pre-requisites for this course



    Dr. Zachary Wright

    4.5 (110 ratings)

    30 Courses • 525,181 students

    Zachary Wright received his PhD (history) from Northwestern University, his MA in Arabic studies/Middle East history from the American University in Cairo, and his BA in history from Stanford University. He teaches classes on Islam in Africa, Islamic Intellectual History, African history, and Middle East history. His research focuses on Islamic intellectual history in West and North Africa, from the 15th century to the present. Most of Wright’s field research has been conducted in Senegal, Morocco, and Mauritania, with Arabic, French, and Wolof language sources. He serves as a faculty affiliate of Northwestern’s Program of African Studies (PAS), Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA), and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) program. Wright became Muslim in 1997 in Medina-Baye, Senegal, and spent many years studying the traditional Islamic sciences with Shaykh Hasan Cisse and Shaykh Tijani Cisse along his academic research.

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