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Islam: Saints and Sacred Geographies: North Africa
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In contrast to mosques, which in a North African context tend to offer spiritual space for a predominantly male population, marabout saints' shrines offer loci for North African women's piety. The term “marabout” refers to both the person and the resting place of a person possessing baraka, or divine blessings. The proliferation of shrines obviously differs from country to country throughout North Africa, but the style and activities taking place at these si…

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Rein, Michelle A., “Islam: Saints and Sacred Geographies: North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0606c>
First published online: 2009

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