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Arts: Visual Arts and Artists: West Africa
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Relatively little systematic scholarly work has been done on African women qua artists in the contemporary global art community; less still on the role of religion in their work and lives. The experiences of women artists in Islamic cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa are by no means homogeneous – indeed, it is their very breadth that “assist[s] us in the process of shaping and comprehending the new discourse being created, without essentializing the work” (Hassan 1997, 3).

In the Sub-Saharan regions of West Africa where Islam has the greatest presence – in religious as well…

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Katchka, Kinsey, “Arts: Visual Arts and Artists: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0299j>
First published online: 2009

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