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Arts: Storytellers and Raconteurs: West Africa
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Throughout the diverse cultures of West Africa, women have been recognized as the custodians of oral traditions and folk narratives. The roles of Muslim women as the nurturers and first teachers in their households are confirmed by their association with storytelling, which captures wisdom, knowledge, wit, morality, fantasy, and artistic communication.

Activities concerning major life transitions such as family preparations for birth, naming, puberty rites, weddings, and funerals are established storytelling events for Muslim women in West Afric…

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Jerrett, Zainab, “Arts: Storytellers and Raconteurs: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0296g>
First published online: 2009

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