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The Walking Qur'an: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa

Rudolph T. Ware

Abstract

Spanning a thousand years of history—and bringing the story to the present through ethnographic fieldwork in Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania—this book documents the profound significance of Qurʾan schools for West African Muslim communities. Such schools peacefully brought Islam to much of the region, becoming striking symbols of Muslim identity. The book shows how in Senegambia the schools became powerful channels for African resistance during the eras of the slave trade and colonization. While illuminating the past, it also makes signal contributions to understanding contemporary Islam by de ... More

Keywords: Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Qurʾan schools, Islam, Muslim identity, Senegambia, slave trade, colonization, rituals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469614311
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469614311.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rudolph T. Ware, author