Seereer medieval history

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Seereer medieval history is a period of resisting Islamization from the 11th-century during the Almoravid Movement —resulting in the Seereers of Takrur migration to the south to join other Seereer groups already in the south. In their attempt to preserve the Seereer way of life, this ethnic group spent nearly a thousand years resisting Islamization. Their resistance to Islamization began in the 11th-century during the Almoravids and continued right up to the 19th-century during the Muslim Marabout Movement of the Senegambia region. As recently as 2015, there are still small pockets of Seereer ultra traditionalists who refuse to submit to Islam or Christianity. Although the Wolof people only began their mass conversion to Islam during the 19th-century, around this period, the Seereer people did not only regard Islam as a foreign religion trying to destroy their traditional religion and way of life, but also saw it as another form of Wolofization, a phenomenon some of the Cangin groups have been fighting since the 17th-century.


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Along with resisting Islamization, Seereer medieval history also saw the continuation of the old Seereer paternal dynasties; the collapse of the lamanic class and the old maternal dynasty of Wagadou and the establishment of a new maternal dynasty (Guelwar). It is also the period of religious reformation in Saluum by the medieval Seereer king Maad a Saloum Malawtaan Juuf (or Malaotane Diouf); dynastic and succession struggles in the Seereer kingdoms; and the repulsion of early European slave traders (the Portuguese) from Seereer country