Issa Laye Thiaw

Issa Laye Thiaw (born 1943 at Sangué, Thies region of Senegal, died 10 September 2017, Senegal[1]) is a Senegalese historian, theologian, and author on Serer religion, Serer tradition and history.[1] Born into a Serer family, himself the son of a Serer High Priest (Saltigue), Thiaw is a specialist in the Serer religion. He was a former researcher at the Centre d’études des civilisations (CEC) de Dakar (Centre for Studies in Civilizations of Dakar).[2][3]

Issa Laye Thiaw
Issa Laye Thiaw

Sangué, (Thies region), in Senegal
Died10 September 2017[1]
OccupationHistorian, theologian, author, essayist
Known forSerer religion
Notable work
"La femme Seereer", "La religiosité Seereer, avant et pendant leur Islamisation."

Some of Thiaw's works include:

  • Issa Laye Thiaw. La femme Seereer, Sénégal, 2005, Sociétés africaines et diaspora. Edition L'harmattan, ISBN 2-7475-8907-2
  • Issa Laye Thiaw. "La religiosité Seereer, avant et pendant leur Islamisation." Dans: Ethiopiques, No. 55 (1992)[4]

See also


  1. Obituary of Professor Issa Laye Thiaw : "Our special tribute to Professor Issa Laye Thiaw", by The Seereer Resource Centre, Seereer Radio and Seereer Heritage Press. Published: 11 September 2017
  2. (in French) Enracinement et Ouverture. Plaidoyer pour le dialogue interreligieux, Colloque à la Fondation Konrad Adenauer, Dakar, 23 et 24 juin 2009, p. 4
  3. The Temple for women initiates: An alternative religious and cultural institution. Fatou K. Camara. University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
  4. János Riesz, Papa Samba Diop, Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink, Ute Fendler, Christoph Vatter. Littératures et sociétés africaines, p483. Gunter Narr Verlag, 2001. ISBN 3-8233-5854-5

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