The Legacy of Shaikh Yusuf in South Sulawesi
Type: Research Paper
by Thomas Gibson
Shaikh Yusuf was perhaps the most famous Islamic Saint ever born in South Sulawesi. He was, however, only one of many Bugis and Makassarese who set sail across the Indian Ocean in the seventeenth century in search of the source of ilmu, esoteric Islamic knowledge. In this paper I will treat his life as a prototype for this whole class of adventurers, and the kinds of Sufi knowledge he acquired as typical of the Islam that was implanted in the villages of South Sulawesi in the seventeenth century. The cosmopolitan consciousness induced by these trans-oceanic intellectual links remains in force to this day.
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