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Representations: Memoirs, Autobiographies, Biographies: West Africa
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West African women’s autobiographical narratives show the strengths, hopes, achievements and challenges of female agency in Sub-Saharan African Islamic cultures. Pivotal examples of such narratives include Aoua Kéita’s Femme d’Afrique: La vie d’Aoua Kéita racontée par elle-même (1975), Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter (1981), and Kadiatou Diallo’s My Heart Will Cross This Ocean: My…

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M’Baye, Babacar and Oztan, Meltem, “Representations: Memoirs, Autobiographies, Biographies: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0710>
First published online: 2011

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