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Cleo Cantone

This book constitutes a seminal contribution to the fields of Islamic architectural history and gender studies. It is the first major empirical study of the history and current state of mosque building in Senegal and the first study of mosque space from a gender perspective. The author positions Senegalese mosques within the field of Islamic architectural history, unraveling their history through pre-colonial travelers’ accounts to conversations with present-day planners, imams and women who continually shape and reshape the mosques they worship in. Using contemporary Dakar as a case study, the book’s second aim is to explore the role of women in the “making and remaking” of mosques. In particular, the rise of non-tariqa grass-roots movements (i.e.: the “Sunni/Ibadou” movement) has empowered women (particularly young women) and has greatly strengthened their capacity to use mosques as places of spirituality, education and socialization. The text is aimed at several specialized readerships: readers interested in Islam in West Africa, in the role of women in Islam, as well as those interested in the sociology and art-history of mosques.


Elizabeth Golden

and social forces. To this end, Folkers proposes a hybrid model for development, one based on a “…combination of formal and informal elements, of modern and traditional materials and technology, and the mixture of traditional and international formal aspects…” 6 It is through this lens that we


Olivier Gosselain, Lucie Smolderen, Victor Brunfaut, Jean-François Pinet and Alexandre Livingstone Smith

. Accordingly, a hybrid research method was devised that relied on both oral descriptions and technical observations. The latter mostly concerned pottery making and the few artisans still active in the craft at the time. The team also witnessed partial or complete reconstructions of the technical processes made


Louis Champion and Dorian Fuller

species ( Oryza sativa ) introduced to Africa around the middle of the sixteenth century AD by the Portuguese (Linares 2002). In addition, in a few areas hybrids of O. glaberrima and Asian O. sativa are cultivated (Nuitjen et al. 2009). In some regions, as African rice has declined, it has remained


Olivier Gosselain and Lucie Smolderen

with relatively controllable historical facts. We are therefore faced with hybrid aggregates which may indeed have a legendary element but which also justify a historical analysis. The idea is to consider the four sites successively and try to assess their historical relevance. It will be evident that