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:


  • La religiosité Seereer, avant et pendant leur Islamisation
  • Mythe de la création du monde selon les sages sereer

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. 

You can listen to Professor Thiaw live on :


  1. Saturdays, 14:00 PM - 17:00 PM (GMT) Cosaan Seereer (co-presented with Tamsier JoofDemba SeneMamadou Fall, Dimlé Sène, Moussoukoro Sidibé, Saltigi Biram Puuy and Professor Mara Dione).
  2. Sundays, 13:00 PM - 15:00 PM (GMT) The Seereer Religion and Culture Show  (co-presented with Tamsier Joof)

Contact Professor Thiaw :

Skype name : seereerradio
Tel : +44 20 7097 3832 
Text / WhatsApp / Viber : +44 7 498 679382

More pictures of Professor Thiaw 

With members of the Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) team

See our Photo Gallery for more pictures.


Video and Podcast


See our Video and Podcast pages for Professor Thiaw's videos and audios.

Publication





Title : La femme Seereer

Author : Issa Laye Thiaw

Publisher : Harmattan

Year : September 2005

ISBN :  2-7475-8907-2


Notes


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 : 

Sunday, 1st September 2013


Buy your copy here.