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]

Dinguiraye
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
RegionFaranah Region
PrefectureDinguiraye Prefecture
Population
 (2014 census)
 • Total47,250

HistoryEdit

 
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 peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Guinea". Institut National de la Statistique, Guinea, accessed via Geohive. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. 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