Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures

Get access

Migration: Muslim Diasporas: Sub-Saharan Africa: The Lebanese in Sierra Leone
(1,740 words)

Lebanese merchants have settled in West Africa since the late nineteenth century, finding economic success as transient merchants throughout the region and attracted to coastal cities with developing colonial centers, railroad-driven commerce, and new opportunities for trade. Freetown, the port capital of Sierra Leone, was an early and important destination for Lebanese merchants and their families, who prospered in the colony and then in the new nation and who presently represent a small but v…

Cite this page
Beydoun, Lina, “Migration: Muslim Diasporas: Sub-Saharan Africa: The Lebanese in Sierra Leone”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0267d>
First published online: 2009



▲   Back to top   ▲