The Influence Of The Sheikhiya Sect On Sheikh Bouamama's Resistance (1881-1908)


  • Ali Ayada , Mehdadi Mohammed


Sheikh Bouamama was a member of the western branch of the Ouled Sidi Sheikh tribe. He pursued his education under various scholars, most notably Mohammed bin Abd Rahman, a prominent figure of the Sheikhiya sect. His reputation grew among the tribes, earning him recognition as a sheikh. Sheikh Bouamama significantly contributed to reviving and spreading the Sheikhiya sect across Algeria. His revolution originated from the zawiya (Sufi lodge), establishing him as both a religious leader and a mystical warrior.

Sheikh Bouamama's revolution was both religious and political, with the main aim of resisting French occupation and stopping the colonial advance into southern Oran in Algeria. His leadership combined spiritual guidance with militant resistance, making his revolt one of the most significant in modern Algerian history. His uprising lasted until his death in 1908, making it one of the longest and most impactful revolts against French colonial rule. His efforts not only hindered colonial expansion but also inspired future resistance movements. The legacy of his revolution remains one of the most important in contemporary Algerian history.




How to Cite

Ali Ayada , Mehdadi Mohammed. (2024). The Influence Of The Sheikhiya Sect On Sheikh Bouamama’s Resistance (1881-1908). Elementary Education Online, 448–460. Retrieved from