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Space: Mosques: Sub-Saharan Africa: West Africa
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Although Islam has been established in West Africa since roughly the eleventh century, its expansion to the wider population occurred mostly in the nineteenth century with the consolidation of European imperialism. Although characterized by multiple Sufi paths or ṭurūq (sing. ṭarīqa), Islam in West Africa shares a common adherence to the Mālikī madhhab with the Maghrib. In terms …

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Cantone, Cleo, “Space: Mosques: Sub-Saharan Africa: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0284h>
First published online: 2009

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