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Development: Community-Based Organizations: West Africa
(1,666 words)

Muslim women in West Africa, like their non-Muslim peers, use a variety of organizations and networks to achieve both individual and communal goals. Many of the most interesting examples sprang from precolonial forms of organization modified to meet contemporary needs, while others emerged in the context of the colonial or postcolonial experience. The variety of contexts and patterns of organization is considerable depending on urban versus rural settings, formal or informal, secular or explicit…

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Dunbar, Roberta Ann, “Development: Community-Based Organizations: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0218i>
First published online: 2009

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