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Sports: Sub-Saharan Africa
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This entry provides preliminary evidence from several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa regarding the intersection of Islam, gender, and sport. Three key points are essential in framing this venture. First, contextually, contemporary sport is transnational and globalized, meaning that global, local, and foreign factors combine to create fluid opportunities, influences, and challenges. Second, contemporary sport, though global, is marke…

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Saavedra, Martha, “Sports: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 24 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0207d>
First published online: 2009

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