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Funerary Practices: Sub-Saharan Africa: West Africa
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This entry describes Muslim mourning and funerary practices in Sub-Saharan Africa, with emphasis on Muslim women. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Muslim women's mourning and funerary practices are determined by their levels of Islamic education, the size of the Muslim population in their areas, and whether the localities they live in are urban or rural. Where Islam is the dominant religion, or the locality is urban, the influence of Islam is strong. Where the reverse is the case, mourning and funerary pr…

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Jerrett, Zainab, “Funerary Practices: Sub-Saharan Africa: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0168e>
First published online: 2009

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