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The Walking Qur'anIslamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa$
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Rudolph T. Ware

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469614311

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469614311.001.0001

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Bodies Of Knowledge

Bodies Of Knowledge

Schooling, Sufism, and Social Change in Colonial Senegal, 1890–1945

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The Walking Qur'an

Rudolph T. Ware III

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter expands on these themes of slavery, social justice, and Islamic knowledge as expressed in struggles over access to Qurʾan schooling in Senegal from the 1890s to the 1940s, the heyday of French imperialism in West Africa. Former slaves and other marginalized groups used the formal abolition of slavery in the French colonial state to stake claims to dignity through Qurʾan schooling. From within the epistemology of embodiment and against regional traditions of bodily stigmas attached to low-status persons, they struggled to remake the substance of their beings through Islamic education.

Keywords:   Qurʾan schooling, slavery, social justice, Islamic knowledge, Senegal, French imperialism

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