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Migration: Muslim Diasporas: Sub-Saharan Africa
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From “the African diaspora” to “African diasporas”

The term diaspora comes from the Greek word meaning “dispersal” and has mainly been used to indicate the settling of Jews around the world. Only in the 1950s and 1960s did the phrase “African diaspora” start to appear in scholarly and political debates, particularly in the United States, to refer to the dispersal of Africans across the worl…

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Kaag, Mayke, “Migration: Muslim Diasporas: Sub-Saharan 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_0267c>
First published online: 2009

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