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Note: Professor Thiaw sadly passed away in 2017. See our special tribute to our late colleague and mentor. This page is preserved for memorization purposes.
Professor Issa Laye Thiaw
Professor Issa Laye Thiaw
One of the Seereer intelligentsia living in Senegal today. Son of a saltigi (Seereer high priest). Fluent in Seereer-Siin, Saafi-Saafi, French and Wolof. Professor Thiaw is an Egyptologist and an expert on Seereer religion, history and culture.
A little bit about the man and his shows
Professor Issa Laye Thiaw (also known as Mbañik Caw - his Seereer name, Thiaw is spelled Caw in Seereer.) is a scholar of Seereer religion and history, but perhaps better known for his work on Seereer religion and culture. His work has been cited by several international scholars writing about Seereer religion and culture. Along with his writings, Professor Thiaw has also appeared as guest speaker on several inter-religious dialogue meetings. He is the author of that celebrated book "La femme Seereer." Other papers authored by Thiaw include:
Professor Thiaw supports the Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) where he serves as Consultant on Seereer Religion, History and Culture. Working in partnership with the Seereer Resource Centre, Professor Thiaw and the SRC are in the process of building a huge complex in Sanghe (or Sangue) - Senegal, which will be called The Seereer Resource Centre and the Temple of Initiated Women. It will be the flagship office of the SRC where Seereer ancient religion, culture and medicine will be taught to those interested in these subjects. There will be apartments where interested parties can stay during the duration of their study. The SRC Team are looking for donations from the Seereer Diaspora and from anyone who wishes to bring this project to fruition. You can learn more about this project by visiting the that link. The SRC's e-mail address is [email protected].
Professor Thiaw has been a long advocate for the preservation of Seereer culture and traditional religious beliefs.
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Contact Professor Thiaw :
Skype name : seereerradio
E-mail : [email protected]
Text / WhatsApp : +44 7 9395 34704
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With members of the Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) team
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Video and Podcast
Title : La femme Seereer
Author : Issa Laye Thiaw
Publisher : Harmattan
Year : September 2005
ISBN : 2-7475-8907-2
Professor 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 on the Seereer Resource Centre's website :
Buy your copy here.