Dinguiraye

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Dinguiraye
Sub-prefecture and town
Market in Dinguiraye
Market in Dinguiraye
Dinguiraye is located in Guinea
Dinguiraye
Dinguiraye
Location in Guinea
Coordinates: 11°18′N 10°43′W / 11.300°N 10.717°W / 11.300; -10.717
Country  Guinea
Region Faranah Region
Prefecture Dinguiraye Prefecture
Population (2014 census)
 • Total 47,250

Dinguiraye is a small town in northern Guinea, known for its large mosque which until recently was thatched. As of 2014 it had a population of 47,250 people.[1]

History[edit]

Mosquée de Dinguiraye ca. 1900

The town and its mosque hold special historical importance; El Hadj Umar Tall founded the Toucouleur Empire in the city and initially made it his capital. Al-Hadj Umar also built the city's large mosque at this time and the city served as a staging ground for his 1850 jihad.[2]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guinea". Institut National de la Statistique, Guinea, accessed via Geohive. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Histoire d'Afrique: les enjeux de mémoire, Jean-Pierre Chrétien, Jean-Louis Triaud KARTHALA Editions, 1. jan. 1999, pg.73

Coordinates: 11°18′N 10°43′W / 11.300°N 10.717°W / 11.300; -10.717