Aïcha’s Sounith Hair Salon: Friendship, Profit, and Resistance in Dakar

in Islamic Africa
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Whereas high-profile women leaders in Dakar, Senegal’s Sunnī movement engage public media like radio and television to disseminate their movement’s ideals of Islamic reform and modesty for women, lesser-known female authorities convert private spaces like their homes into public forums (“internal publics”) as a means to perpetuate Sunnī norms. This article examines the case of Aïcha, who as owner of a prosperous Sunnī beauty salon that she operates in her living room, educates other women about reformist values and provides employment for female adherents. In this way, lesser-known female authorities like Aïcha may spread more potent political and countercultural messages about state secularism, tarīqas, and Muslim femininity for the movement than illustrious female Sunnī leaders.

Aïcha’s Sounith Hair Salon: Friendship, Profit, and Resistance in Dakar

in Islamic Africa

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