variants or less commonly Senussi
plural Sanusi or Sanusis also Senussi or Senussis
: a member of a Muslim brotherhood of North Africa founded in 1837 who observes a strict and ascetic type of Islamic orthodoxy combined with a militant aggressiveness in pursuance of political goals

Word History


after Muhammad ibn Ali as-Sanūsī †1859 Algerian religious leader, founder of the Sanusi brotherhood

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“Sanusi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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