This is a list of all the books we have featured on the Seereer Library. Books are added on the first Sunday of each month. They represent some of the best books on Seereer religion, history, culture, languages, medicine and literature. The oldest are at the top of the page, the newly featured books are at the bottom. If you would like to recommend a book please click here for details.
Books were available for purchase from the publisher or reputable outlets when they were added on this page. Please note that books may be out of stock/print and no longer available.
Title : La femme Seereer
Author : Issa Laye Thiaw
Publisher : Harmattan
Year : September 2005
ISBN : 2-7475-8907-2
Issa Laye Thiaw's must celebrated book is "La femme Seereer" (meaning "the Seereer woman") published by Harmattan. This book addresses the role of women in Seereer society. There is also lots of information about Seereer religion, religious laws and customs. A good book for anyone interested in Seereer religion and culture. Available from the publisher's website.
First featured : Sunday 1 September 2013
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Title : Histoire du Sine-Saloum
Author : Alioune Sarr
Contributor : Charles Becker (introduction, bibliographie et notes).
Publisher : [in] Bulletin de l'IFAN, tome 46, série B, nos 3-4.
Year : 1986 - 1987
Not a book but a rather important document. Alioune Sarr's work is one of the leading works on Seereer medieval history. There are lots of information about the formation of towns and villages, the Guelwar dynasty of Siin and Saluum and the battles that had ravaged Seereer country from the middle ages to the 19th century religious wars. This paper does not however go deeper into the Lamanic Era, but merely touches on the end of the Lamanic Era and the establishment of the Guelwar Dynasty. It also does not cover the Wagadou Dynastic period (predecessors of the Guelowar) in detail. However, not only is it one of the leading works, but the dates provided are more accurate and are regarded as the general consensus.
First featured : Sunday 1 December 2013
Title : Morphologie du verbe sérère
Author : Souleyeman Faye
Contributor : Centre de linguistique appliquée de Dakar
Publisher : Centre de linguistique appliquée de Dakar
Year : 1982
Title : La civilisation Sereer : pangool
Author : Henry Gravrand
Publisher : Les Nouvelles Éditions Africaines du Sénégal (N.E.A.S)
Year : 1990
ISBN : ISBN 2-7236-1055-1
Title : Mort et naissance : Le monde Sereer
Author : Louis Diène Faye
Publisher : Les Nouvelles Édition Africaines
Year : 1983
ISBN : 2-7236-0868-9
One of the best known work by the anthropologist Louise Diène Faye is "Mort et naissance : Le monde Sereer" published by Le Nouvelles Édition Africaines.
For those interested in Seereer religious custom especially Seereer mummification, the afterlife (jaaniiw), Seereer tumuli, religious dances and the role of the Seereer priestly class (Saltigue), this book is a good read. Along with the religious aspects of the treatment of the dead, the book also details cultural aspects like birth in Seereer society. There is some historical background information especially in relation to the Seereer royal families, in particular the Guelowar Dynastic Period. The book is mainly in French and Seereer-Siin.
First featured : Sunday 6 October 2013
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Title : Sagesse sereer. Essais sur la pensée sereer ndut.
Author : Marguerite Dupire
Publisher : Karthala
Year : 1994
ISBN : 2-86537-487-4
First featured : Sunday 3 November 2013
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Title : L'appel du ndut: ou L'initiation des garçons seereer
Author : Salif Dione
Publisher : IFAN/Enda Editions (Dakar)
Year : 2004
ISBN : 92 9130 0470
This book by Salif Dione (a scholar of Seereer religion and culture) covers various aspects of Seereer rite of passage (the Ndut). This book is specifically about the ndut initiation rite and covers aspects of ndut classical teachings, including philosophy, symbolism and ndut songs. This book is one of the leading educational materials on the ndut rite of passage.
First featured : Sunday 5 January 2014
Title : The African Origin of Civilization : Myth or Reality
Author : Cheikh Anta Diop,
Publisher : L. Hill
Year : 1974
ISBN : 1-55652-072-7
This book may out of print. You can request it via an inter-library loan.
Year : 1968
ISBN : 85224 029 5
First featured : Sunday 2 February 2014
Title : Introduction aux religions d'Afrique noire
Author : Lilyan Kesteloot
Publisher : IFAN - NEAS (Dakar)
Year : 2006