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National Insignia, Signs, and Monuments: Sub-Saharan Africa
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This entry explores what national symbols might mean to women living in Islamic cultures in Sub-Saharan Africa. Little research has been undertaken on this subject so the focus has to be on setting the scene and asking appropriate questions. To do this, it is first necessary to briefly address the question of African nation-building and the processes of gendering of these nations.

Research into nation-building in African countries has been minimal, although specific national discourses have been identified in a few countries (Fosse 1997, Steiner 1997, I. C…

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Cusack, Igor, “National Insignia, Signs, and Monuments: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0121c>
First published online: 2009

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