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Author(s): Babou, Cheikh Anta
The use of the word dahira in a religious context appears to be unique to the Ṣūfī turuuq (orders, from Ar. ṭuruq, pl. of ṭarīqa, lit., way) of Senegal. The Arabic word dāʾira has meanings involving mathematical concepts (e.g., ring, circuit, circumference) and administrative notions (e.g., district, bureau, agency) (Wehr, 347). In Morocco, for example, a dahira (local spelling) is a local police unit above the commissariat; in Algeria, a daïra (local spelling) is a district or “circle,” the second largest administrative unit, below the wilaya (wilāya, governorate). The connotati…
Date: 2021-07-19