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Hospitality: Sub-Saharan Africa
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Kindness in welcoming strangers and guests is a recurrent theme in descriptions of Africans provided by early explorers and other travelers. Hospitality was – and to a great extent still is – highly regarded throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, reflecting deep cultural values concerning proper behavior and shared humanity. This understanding of hospitality was further elaborated upon in the Muslim regions of Sub-Saharan Africa within the framework of Islamic altruistic practices such as doing good deeds and giving alms.

A typical description is provided by Daniel Wilberforce, …

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Declich, Francesca, “Hospitality: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00348>
First published online: 2009

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