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The Senussi
Senussi
or Sanussi (Arabic: السنوسية‎) are a Muslim political-religious tariqa (Sufi order) and clan in colonial Libya
Libya
and the Sudan region founded in Mecca
Mecca
in 1837 by the Grand Senussi (Arabic: السنوسي الكبير‎), the Algerian Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi. Senussi
Senussi
was concerned with what it saw as both the decline of Islamic thought and spirituality and the weakening of Muslim political integrity. From 1902 to 1913 the Senussi
Senussi
fought French colonial expansion in the Sahara
Sahara
and the Kingdom of Italy's colonisation of Libya
Libya
beginning in 1911. In World War I, they fought the Senussi Campaign
Senussi Campaign
against the British in Egypt and Sudan. During World War II, the Senussi
Senussi
tribe provided vital support to the British Eighth Army in North Africa
North Africa
against Nazi German and Fascist Italian forces. The Grand Senussi's grandson became king Idris of Libya
Libya
in 1951. In 1969, Idris I
Idris I
was overthrown by a military coup led by Muammar Gaddafi. The movement remained active in spite of the sustained prosecution perpetrated by Gaddafi’s regime. The Senussi spirit and legacy continue to be prominent in today’s Libya.

Contents

1 Beginnings 1787–1859 2 Developments since 1859 3 Leadership of Ahmed Sharif as-Senussi 4 Idris of Libya 5 Developments since 1969 6 Enduring relevance of the Senussi
Senussi
Order 7 Chiefs of the Senussi
Senussi
Order 8 Senussi
Senussi
family tree 9 See also 10 Sources 11 Notes

Beginnings 1787–1859[edit]

The traditional Senussi
Senussi
banner, later used as the flag of Cyrenaica and eventually incorporated into the flag of Libya

The Senussi
Senussi
order has been historically closed to Europeans and outsiders, leading reports of their beliefs and practices to vary immensely. Though it is possible to gain some insight from the lives of the Senussi
Senussi
sheikhs further details are difficult to obtain.

The fortresses and army of religious brotherhood of Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi, 1883

Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi (1787–1859), the founder of the order and a proponent of Sufism, was born in Algeria near Mostaganem
Mostaganem
and was named al- Senussi
Senussi
after a venerated Muslim teacher. He was a member of the Walad Sidi Abdalla tribe, and was a sharif tracing his descent from Fatimah, the daughter of Mohammed. He studied at a madrasa in Fez, then traveled in the Sahara
Sahara
preaching a purifying reform of the faith in Tunisia and Tripoli, gaining many adherents, and then moved to Cairo to study at Al-Azhar University. The pious scholar was forceful in his criticism of the Egyptian ulama for what he perceived as their timid compliance with the Ottoman authorities and their spiritual conservatism. He also argued that learned Muslims should not blindly follow the four classical madhhabs (schools of law) but instead engage in ijtihad themselves. Not surprisingly, he was opposed by the ulama as unorthodox and they issued a fatwa against him. Senussi
Senussi
went to Mecca, where he joined Ahmad ibn Idris al-Fasi, the head of the Khadirites, a religious fraternity of Moroccan origin. On the death of al-Fasi, Senussi
Senussi
became head of one of the two branches into which the Khadirites divided, and in 1835 he founded his first monastery or zawiya, at Abu Qubays
Abu Qubays
near Mecca. Due to Wahhabi pressure Senussi
Senussi
left Mecca
Mecca
and settled in Cyrenaica, Libya
Libya
in 1843, where in the mountains near Sidi Rafaa' (Bayda) he built the Zawiya Bayda ("White Monastery"). There he was supported by the local tribes and the Sultan of Wadai and his connections extended across the Maghreb. The Grand Senussi
Senussi
did not tolerate fanaticism and forbade the use of stimulants as well as voluntary poverty. Lodge members were to eat and dress within the limits of Islamic law and, instead of depending on charity, were required to earn their living through work. He accepted neither the wholly intuitive ways described by some Sufi mystics nor the rationality of some of the orthodox ulama; rather, he attempted to achieve a middle path. The Bedouin
Bedouin
tribes had shown no interest in the ecstatic practices of the Sufis that were gaining adherents in the towns, but they were attracted in great numbers to the Senussis. The relative austerity of the Senussi
Senussi
message was particularly suited to the character of the Cyrenaican Bedouins, whose way of life had not changed much in the centuries since the Arabs had first accepted the Prophet Mohammad's teachings.[1] In 1855 Senussi
Senussi
moved farther from direct Ottoman surveillance to Jaghbub, a small oasis some 30 miles northwest of Siwa. He died in 1860, leaving two sons, Mahommed Sherif (1844–95) and Mohammed al-Mahdi, who succeeded him. Developments since 1859[edit] Sayyid Muhammad al- Mahdi
Mahdi
bin Sayyid Muhammad as- Senussi
Senussi
(1845 – 30 May 1902) was fourteen when his father died, after which he was placed under the care of his father's friends. The successors to the sultan of the Abu Qubays, Sultan Ali (1858–74) and the Sultan Yusef (1874–98), continued to support the Senussi. Under al- Mahdi
Mahdi
the zawiyas of the order extended to Fez, Damascus, Constantinople and India. In the Hejaz
Hejaz
members of the order were numerous. In most of these countries the Senussites wielded no more political power than other Muslim fraternities, but in the eastern Sahara
Sahara
and central Sudan things were different. Mohammed al- Mahdi
Mahdi
had the authority of a sovereign in a vast but almost empty desert. The string of oases leading from Siwa to Kufra, and Borkou were cultivated by the Senussites and trade with Tripoli and Benghazi
Benghazi
was encouraged.

Senussi
Senussi
going to fight the British in Egypt (c.1915)

Although named "al-Mahdi" by his father, Muhammad never claimed to be the actual Mahdi
Mahdi
(Saviour), although he was regarded as such by some of his followers. When Muhammad Ahmad
Muhammad Ahmad
proclaimed himself the actual Mahdi
Mahdi
in 1881, Muhammad Idris decided to have nothing to do with him. Although Muhammad Ahmed wrote twice asking him to become one of his four great caliphs (leaders), he received no reply. In 1890, the Ansar (forces of Muhammad Ahmad
Muhammad Ahmad
al-Mahdi) advancing from Darfur
Darfur
were stopped on the frontier of the Wadai Empire, Sultan Yusuf proving firm in his adherence to the Senussi
Senussi
teachings. Muhammed al-Mahdi's growing fame made the Ottoman regime uneasy and drew unwelcome attention. In most of Tripoli and Benghazi
Benghazi
his authority was greater than that of the Ottoman governors. In 1889 the sheik was visited at Jaghbub by the pasha of Benghazi
Benghazi
accompanied by Ottoman troops. This event showed the sheik the possibility of danger and led him to move his headquarters to Jof in the oases of Kufra
Kufra
in 1894, a place sufficiently remote to secure him from a sudden attack. By this time a new danger to Senussi
Senussi
territories had arisen from the French colonial empire, who were advancing from the French Congo towards the western and southern borders the Wadai Empire. The Senussi kept them from advancing north of Chad. Leadership of Ahmed Sharif as-Senussi[edit]

Omar Mukhtar
Omar Mukhtar
became the most trusted chief Under Sayyid Ahmad Sharif

Sidi Muhammad Idris al- Mahdi
Mahdi
al-Senussi, King of Libya

In 1902, Muhammad Idris died and was succeeded by his nephew, Ahmed Sharif as-Senussi, but his adherents in the deserts bordering Egypt maintained for years that Muhammad was not actually dead. The new head of the Senussi
Senussi
maintained the friendly relations of his predecessors with the Dud Murra of Wadai
Dud Murra of Wadai
Sultan of the Wadai Empire, governing the order as regent for his young cousin, Muhammad Idris II (the future king Idris of Libya), who signed the 1917 Treaty of Acroma that ceded control of Libya
Libya
from the Kingdom of Italy[2] and was later recognized by them as Emir
Emir
of Cyrenaica[3] on October 25, 1920. The Senussi, encouraged by the German and Ottoman Empires, played a minor part in the World War I, utilising guerrilla warfare against the Italian colonials in Libya
Libya
and the British in Egypt from November 1915 until February 1917, led by Sayyid Ahmad, and in the Sudan from March to December 1916, led by Ali Dinar, the Sultan of Darfur.[4][5] In 1916, the British sent an expeditionary force against them known as the Senussi Campaign
Senussi Campaign
led by Major General William Peyton.[6] According to Wavell and McGuirk, Western Force was first led by General Wallace and later by General Hodgson.[7][8] Italy took Libya
Libya
from the Ottomans in the Italo-Turkish War
Italo-Turkish War
of 1911. In 1922, Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
launched his infamous Riconquista of Libya
Libya
— the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
having done the original conquering 2000 years before. The Senussi
Senussi
led the resistance and Italians closed Senussi
Senussi
khanqahs, arrested sheikhs, and confiscated mosques and their land. Libyans fought the Italians until 1943, with 250,000–300,000 of them dying in the process.[9] Idris of Libya[edit] From 1917 to his death, in 1933, Ahmed Sharif as-Senussi’s leadership was mostly nominal. His fifth daughter, Fatimah
Fatimah
el-Sharif, married her first cousin, the Grand Senussi’s grandson Idris I
Idris I
of Libya
Libya
in 1931 and became the Queen consort upon her husband’s accession to the throne in 1951. Idris replaced Ahmed in the Order’s leadership in 1917 and played a key role as the Senussi
Senussi
leader who also brought Libyan tribes to coalesce into a unified Libyan nation.[10] Italy took Libya
Libya
from the Ottomans in the Italo-Turkish War
Italo-Turkish War
of 1911. In 1922, Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
launched his infamous Riconquista of Libya
Libya
— the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
having done the original conquering 2000 years before. Idris established a tacit alliance with the British which was conducive for two agreements with the Italian rulers, one of which brought most of inland Cyrenaica
Cyrenaica
under the factual control of the Senussis.[11] The resulting Accord of al-Rajma, consolidated through further negotiations with the Italians, earned Idris the title of Emir of Cyrenaica, albeit new tensions which compromised that delicate balance emerged shortly after.[12] Soon Cyrenaica
Cyrenaica
became the stronghold of the Libyan and Senussi resistance to the Italian rulers. In 1922 Idris went into exile in Egypt as the Italian response to the Libyan resistance grew increasingly violent.[12] During World War II, the Senussi
Senussi
tribes led by King Idris formally allied themselves with the British Eighth Army in North Africa
North Africa
against Nazi German and Fascist Italian forces. Ultimately, the Senussis proved decisive in the British defeat of both Italy and Germany in North Africa
North Africa
in 1943.[13] In fact, the Senussi
Senussi
led the resistance and Italians closed Senussi
Senussi
khanqahs, arrested sheikhs, and confiscated mosques and their land. Libyans fought the Italians until 1943, with 250-300,000 of them dying in the process. As historian Ali Abdullah Ahmida remarked, the Senussi
Senussi
order was able to transcend "ethnic and local tribal identification", and therefore had a unifying influence on the Libyans fighting the Italian occupiers.(5)(6) A well-known hero of the Libyan resistance and an ally of Idris, Omar Mukhtar, was a prominent member of the Senussi order and a Sufi teacher whom the Italians executed in 1931.[14] After the conclusion of the war, Western powers projected Idris, then leader of the Senussi
Senussi
order, as the leader of a new unified Libya. When the country achieved independence under the aegis of the United Nations in 1951, Idris became its king.[15] Although instrumental towards his accession to power, according to Islamism scholar Mohammed Ayoob, Idris used Islam
Islam
"as a shield to counter pressures generated by the more progressive circles in North Africa, especially from Egypt."[15] He continues to be regarded by many with great affection as the "Sufi King". In May 2013 King Idris and Omar Mukhtar
Omar Mukhtar
were commemorated for their role as Senussi
Senussi
leaders and key players of Libya’s independence in a celebration of the 50th anniversary from the foundation of the African Union in Addis Abeba.[16] On September 1, 1969, a military coup led by Muammar Gaddafi
Muammar Gaddafi
marked the end of Idris’ reign. The king was toppled while he was receiving medical treatment in Turkey. From there he fled to Greece and then Egypt, where he died in exile in 1983. Meanwhile, a republic was proclaimed and Idris was sentenced to death in absentia in November 1971 by the Libyan People's Court.[17] In August 1969, Idris had issued a letter of abdication designating his nephew Hassan as- Senussi
Senussi
as his successor. The letter was to be effective on September 2, but the coup preceded Idris’ formal abdication.[18] King Idris’ nephew and Crown Prince Hasan as-Senussi, who had been designated Regent when Idris left Libya
Libya
to seek medical treatment in 1969, became the successor to the leadership of the Senussi
Senussi
order.[19] Developments since 1969[edit] As soon as Gaddafi took power, Hasan as-Senussi
Hasan as-Senussi
was arrested along with most of the royal household and subsequently reduced to complete isolation during the following years, spent under house arrest. The Crown Prince and his family were released from house arrest only in 1984, their house burnt down, and were then forced to move into cabins on a public beach in Tripoli. Shortly after, Hasan’s deteriorating health forced him to seek medical treatment in the UK, where he resettled with his family.[20] Gaddafi banned the Senussi
Senussi
order, forced the Senussi
Senussi
circles underground and systematically persecuted prominent Senussi
Senussi
figures in an effort to remove Sufi symbols and to silence voices of the Senussi tradition from Libya’s public scene.[21] The remaining Senussi tribes were severely restricted in their actions by the revolutionary government, which also appointed a supervisor for their properties.[22] Ironically, Omar Mukhtar
Omar Mukhtar
became one of Gaddafi’s most inspiring figures, whose speeches he frequently quoted, and whose image he often exhibited in official occasions.[23] In 1984, Libya’s distinguished Senussi
Senussi
university was closed per Gaddafi’s order, although international scholars continued to visit the country until the beginning of the civil war to study the Senussi
Senussi
history and legacy.[21][24] In fact, evidence of the Senussi
Senussi
presence and activism was recorded throughout the 1980s.[22] Vocal anti-Gaddafi resistance emerged among the former Senussi
Senussi
tribes in Cyrenaica
Cyrenaica
in the 1990s, which Gaddafi violently suffocated with his troops. In 1992, Crown Prince Hasan as-Senussi
Hasan as-Senussi
died. The leadership of the Senussi
Senussi
order passed to his second son, Mohammed El Senussi, which Hasan had appointed as his successor to the throne of Libya.[25] Enduring relevance of the Senussi
Senussi
Order[edit] The Sufi heritage and spirit remains prominent today, and its sentiment and symbols have inspired many during the 2011 revolution. The image of Omar Mukhtar
Omar Mukhtar
and his popular quote “We win or we die” resonated in Tripoli and in the country as Libyans rose up to oust Gaddafi.[14] In July 2011 The Globe and Mail contributor Graeme Smith reported that one of the anti-Gaddafi brigades took the name of “ Omar Mukhtar
Omar Mukhtar
Brigade”.[26] Stephen Schwarz, executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, reflected on the “Sufi foundation” of Libya’s revolution in his August 2011 piece for the Huffington Post.[27] Schwarz observed that Libya
Libya
continued to stand “as one of the distinguished centers of a Sufism
Sufism
opposed both to unquestioning acceptance of Islamic law and to scriptural absolutism, and dedicated to freedom and progress.” “With the fall of the dictatorship,” he wrote, “it will now be necessary to analyze whether and how Libya’s Sufi past can positively influence its future.”[27] It is indicative that multiple Libyan Sufi shrines and historical sites were targeted and heavily damaged or destroyed by Salafi extremists since 2012. Salafism, which has been observed to be on the rise in Libya
Libya
over the past years, considers Sufism
Sufism
a heretical movement. In August 2012, hardline Salafists attacked and destroyed the shrine of al-Shaab al-Dahmani, a Sufi saint, in Tripoli.[28] The tombs of Sufi scholars were systematically targeted by extremists as well. In 2015, English newspaper The Daily Mail posted images showing Islamic State militants based in Tripoli attacking multiple Sufi shrines with bulldozers and sledgehammers.[29] The sustained attacks were consistently denounced by Sufi scholars as well as by the League of Libyan Ulema, a group of leading Libyan religious scholars, calling the population to protect the religious and historical sites “by force” and urging the authorities to intervene in order to avoid further escalations of violence and new attacks by Salafi groups.[30] Chiefs of the Senussi
Senussi
Order[edit]

Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi (1843–1859) Muhammad al- Mahdi
Mahdi
as- Senussi
Senussi
(1859–1902) Ahmed Sharif as- Senussi
Senussi
(1902–1916; died 1933) Idris of Libya
Libya
(1916–1969; died 1983) Hasan as-Senussi
Hasan as-Senussi
(1969–1992) Mohammed El Senussi
Mohammed El Senussi
(1992–present)

The royal standard of Idris of Libya

Senussi
Senussi
family tree[edit]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ali ibn Abi Talib

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hasan ibn Ali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abdullah bin Hasan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Idris bin Abdullah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muhammad as-Sharif as-Senussi

 

 

Muhammad al-Mahdi bin Muhammad as-Senussi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmed as-Sharif as-Senussi

 

 

 

Muhammad al-Abid as-Senussi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muhammad ar-Reda

 

Idris I of Libya

 

Queen Fatima as-Sharif

 

az-Zubayr bin Ahmad as-Sharif

 

Abdullah bin Muhammad al- Abid as-Senussi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hasan as-Senussi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmed as-Senussi (member of NTC)

 

Idris bin Abdullah as-Senussi (claimant)

 

 

 

Mohammed as-Senussi

See also[edit]

Senussi Campaign
Senussi Campaign
in World War I Ahmad ibn Idris al-Fasi Idris bin Abdullah al-Senussi Ahmed al-Senussi Abdullah Senussi Omar Mukhtar Charles de Foucauld

Sources[edit]

E. E. Evans-Pritchard, The Sanusi of Cyrenaica
Cyrenaica
(1949, repr. 1963) N. A. Ziadeh, Sanusiyah (1958, repr. 1983). Bianci, Steven, ''Libya: Current Issues and Historical Background New York: Nova Science Publishers, INc, 2003 L. Rinn, Marabouts et Khouan, a good historical account up to the year 1884 0. Depont and X. Coppolani, Les Confrèries religieuses musulmanes (Algiers, 1897) Si Mohammed el Hechaish, Chez les Senoussia et les Touareg, in "L'Expansion cot. française" for 1900 and the "Revue de Paris" for 1901. These are translations from the Arabic of an educated Mahommedan who visited the chief Senussite centres. An obituary notice of Senussi el Mahdi
Mahdi
by the same writer appeared in the Arab journal El Iladira of Tunis, Sept. 2, 1902; a condensation of this article appears in the "Bull. du Corn. de l'Afriue française" for 5902; Les Senoussia, an anonymous contribution to the April supplement of the same volume, is a judicious summary of events, a short bibliography being added; Capt. Julien, in "Le Dar Ouadai" published in the same Bulletin (vol. for 1904), traces the connection between Wadai and the Senussi L. G. Binger, in Le Peril de l' Islam
Islam
in the 1906 volume of the Bulletin, discusses the position and prospects of the Senussite and other Islamic sects in North Africa. Von Grunau, in "Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde" for 1899, gives an account of his visit to Siwa M.G.E. Bowman–Manifold, An Outline of the Egyptian and Palestine Campaigns, 1914 to 1918 2nd Edition (Chatham: The Institution of Royal Engineers, W. & J. Mackay & Co Ltd, 1923) Russell McGuirk The Sanusi's Little War The Amazing Story of a Forgotten Conflict in the Western Desert, 1915–1917 (London, Arabian Publishing: 2007) Field Marshal Earl Wavell, The Palestine Campaigns 3rd Edition thirteenth Printing; Series: A Short History of the British Army 4th Edition by Major E.W. Sheppard (London: Constable & Co., 1968) Sir F. R. Wingate, in Mahdiism and the Egyptian Sudan (London, 1891), narrates the efforts made by the Mahdi
Mahdi
Mahommed Ahmed to obtain the support of the Senussi Sir W. Wallace, in his report to the Colonial Office on Northern Nigeria for 1906-1907, deals with Senussiism in that country. H. Duveyrier, La Confrèrie musulmane de Sidi Mohammed ben Au es Senoussi (Paris, 1884), a book containing much exaggeration, and A. Silva White, From Sphinx to Oracle (London, 1898), which, while repeating the extreme views of Duveyrier, contains useful information.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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Islamic dynasties in Maghreb
Maghreb
region

Salihids (710–1019) Barghawata
Barghawata
(744-1058) Rustamids (767-909) Muhallabids
Muhallabids
(771–793) Idrisids (780–985 ) Ifranids (790-1066) Aghlabids
Aghlabids
(800–909) Zirids (973–1148) Banu Kanz (1004–1412) Hammadids (1008–1152) Almoravids (1040–1147) Khurasanids (1059-1158) Almohads (f. 1130, r. 1147–1269) Hafsids (1229–1574) Ziyyanids (1235–1556) Marinids (f. 1244, r. 1269–1465) Wattasids (1472–1554) Saadi (f. 1509, r. 1554–1659) Kingdom of Ait Abbas
Kingdom of Ait Abbas
(f. 1510, r. 1510–1872) Kuku Sultanate (1515-1638) Alaouites (f. 1631, r. 1666–present) Husainids (1705–1957) Karamanli (1711–1835) Senussi
Senussi
(1837-1969)

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