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Aliou Dione (Mara)

Professor Aliou Dione (commonly known as Professor Mara Jon or Maara Joon) is a linguist, historian, researcher and author. He graduated from the University of Cheickh Anta Diop (French: Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD)) and since 1974 has been a prominent researcher and author of Seereer (particularly Saafi) history, culture and religion. Professor Dione also attended the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée de Dakar (CLAD) under the supervision of Professor Souleymane Faye, a professor of linguistics at UCAD and a member of the SRC team. Prior to his academic career, Professor Dione had success in acting. His name Mara derived from a film he was in where he played the role of a marabout. His real Seereer name is Jig Jam Jon (Seereer proper: Jig Jam Joon)

 

Professor Dione has had several peer-reviewed papers under his name, and has authored, co-authored or contributed to several papers and books including assisting Professor David Maranz in his research on the Seereer-Saafi Raampa script (1992). Some of his works include :

 

  • "Saafi, ɓoo fiisaat peɗmi ɓoo ɓap" (Saafi, lisons et écrivons notre langue maternelle), Société Internationale de Linguistique, BP 2075, Dakar, Sénégal, 2000 (réédité en 2004) (author: Rokhaya Seck, in collaboration with Aliou Dione, Carol Larsen and Jorunn Dijkstra)

     

  • "Le mythe de l'origine de l'héritage chez les Saafi" (in Saafi: Cosaan-in Iam Saafi) [in] Notes africaines, Issues 181-190, Institut français d'Afrique noire, Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire, Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire Cheikh Anta Diop, Institut français d'Afrique noire (1984) (see page 25 and from page 43).

     

  • "Le thème de la mort dans la littérature Seereer: Essai", author : Amade Faye, Contributor : Agence de coopération culturelle et technique, Nouvelles éditions africaines du Sénégal (1997), Credit : Aliou Dione - page 212, note 306

Books

 

The Learn a Seereer Language series

 

Our Learn a Seereer Lanaguage™ series are available in English and will be made available in French very soon. Click on the Learn more and buy your copy button for further details. The book also comes with a corresponding audio CD, and both the book and CD are downloadable in PDF and MP4. See Audio Books and Downloads below. If you are buying any book or e-book from the Learn a Seereer Language series, it is advisable you get the corresponding CD or audio book as well in order to help with your pronunciation.

 

Learn to speak Seereer : The complete language course 

(English - Seereer)

Learn to speak Saafi-Saafi : The complete language course 

(English - Saafi-Saafi)

Learn to speak Ndut : The complete language course 

(English - Ndut)

Learn to speak Noon : The complete language course 

(English - Noon)

Learn to speak Sili-Sili (Palor) : The complete language course 

(English - Sili-Sili)

Learn to speak Laalaa (Lehar) : The complete language course 

(English - Laalaa)

E-books

 

These are the corresponding e-books for the physical books stated above. They are currently available in English and will be made available in French very soon. Visit our website for regular updates. If you are buying any book or e-book from the Learn a Seereer Language series, it is advisable you get the corresponding CD or audio book as well in order to help with your pronunciation

Learn to speak Saafi-Saafi : The complete language course 

(English - Saafi-Saafi)

Audio Books

 

These are the corresponding audio books for the physical books and e-books stated above. They are currently in production and will be made available in English and French very soon. Visit our website for regular updates. For the Seereer Resource Centre's Learn a Seereer Language™ series, it is advisable to get both the physical book or e-book and the corresponding audio CD to help with your pronunciation.

Learn to speak Saafi-Saafi : The complete language course 

(English - Saafi-Saafi)

Downloads

 

Our physical books and audio CDs are also available in PDF and MP3 downloads. If budget is tight or you prefer to read and listen from your own computer or device, downloading the files from our website in PDF and MP3 format respectively may be the best option. To open a PDF file, you will first need to install a PDF reader program on your computer or device. You can download it for free here then come back to our website to download the PDF file.

Learn to speak Saafi-Saafi : The complete language course 

(English - Saafi-Saafi)

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