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Sufi Orders and Movements: West Africa
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Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam, has a strong religious presence throughout much of Muslim West Africa and the (Arabic ṭarīqa, pl. ṭuruq) are of great religious and sociopolitical importance in countries such as Senegal, from which most of the examples for this entry are taken. In West Africa women take a comparatively active part in the Sufi orders' religious practi…

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Evers Rosander, Eva, “Sufi Orders and Movements: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00370>
First published online: 2009

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