Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN MADRASSAS

leads to a Caliphate:

1820-1862 El Hadj Umar Tal in Senegal gets his childhood education in madrassa, goes on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1820, then becomes the Caliph of the Tijaniyya brotherhood, and mounts a jihad that conquers both black unbelievers and other small Islamic states in the neighborhood. 70,000 die in just three of his battles. But in 1862 he finally creates an empire--the Toucouleur Caliphate??--that includes Guinea and Senegal

from http://www.howardbloom.net/militant_islam_timeline.htm

You draw the parallel (if there is any or if you can see any)

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