Author: 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.
The Apostle Paul, Colonists and Sending Gods
Faith and Freedom in Galatia and Senegal reads Galatians 2:11-15 and 3:26-29 through the lens of the 19th-20th century experiences of French colonialism by the Diola people in Senegal, West Africa, and portrays the Apostle Paul as a "'sociopostcolonial hermeneut who acted on his self-understanding as God’s messenger to create, through faith in the cross of Christ, free communities' -- a self-definition that is critical of ancient Graeco-Roman and modern colonial lore that justify colonization as a divine mandate." Aliou C. Niang ingeniously compares the colonial objectification of his own people by French colonists to the Graeco-Roman colonial objectifications of the ancient Celts/Gauls/Galatians, and Paul's role in bringing about a different portrayal.
Author: Keita
This work is a political economic history that analyzes approximately 350 years of rivalry between traditional, Islamic, and European systems of health in the Senegambian region of West Africa.
The work is divided into three parts. Part I focuses on the theoretical parameters of a political economy of health care. Part II addresses the historical nature of health care rivalries in the Senegambian region from the mid-seventeenth century through independence. And Part III looks at contemporary contention concerning health care delivery and the ways in which 'average' people craft alternative health care mechanisms while bringing pressure to bear on national and international bodies as well.
A Political Economy of Health Care in Senegal should prove useful as a critical indicator of the ways in which historical agency is manifested historically and in contemporary health policy; policy that is often initiated outside of the "official" sector.

Introduction This chapter, focusing on teaching reading and writing in Senegal, is part of the Improving learning outcomes in early grade reading: Integration of curriculum, teaching, learning materials, and assessment of the UNESCO IBE project. As in Burkina Faso and Niger, Senegal is marked by

In: Improving Early Literacy Outcomes
Author: Robert M. Baum

Some years ago I wrote an article for Numen on the uncertainties of warfare as seen in the ways in which the Diola of southern Senegal used ritual means to manage the chaos of battle and to maximize their chances of returning safely (Baum 1993 ). In that essay I compared the unpredictability

In: Numen

This study examines a glass bead assemblage from surveyed and excavated portions of the Falemme (Senegal) to present a classification system for the analysis of archaeological beads in Africa and beyond. Although bead classification poses special problems, it is argued that such analysis is worthwhile, as beads may shed light on the dynamics of production, exchange and consumption in the past, on processes of culture change and continuity, and, most particularly, on chronological assessment. Focusing on the latter, the typological analysis helped us extract diagnostic information from the 474 mainly European-made beads, which complements and nicely supports the temporal sequence derived from imported trade materials and local ceramics.

In: Journal of African Archaeology
Author: Ibrahima Thiaw

In contrast to the practice of history that is deeply rooted in African societies in the form of oral traditions, to many Senegalese, archaeological inquiry is rather a strange and mysterious endeavor. Both text and speech are based on language and thus permit historians to draw correlations between documentary and oral based histories. For archaeologists however, the difficulty of finding a local intellectual endeavor that matches what they do remains a tedious task. They dig up dirt, collect useless discarded sherds and stones from ancient sites and garbage dumps, and open up other people’s graves. What archaeologists do is locally associated with people suffering mental disability, thus putting a tremendous social pressure on local archaeologists. Recent interests in historical archaeology permitted us to distinguish two different attitudes of the public with respect to the archaeological past: a prehistoric past that is unclaimed and uncontested; and a recent historic past that is claimed and contested. While the history of archaeology in Senegal explains these public attitudes toward the archaeological past, the implications are extremely broad and pose problems of public outreach affecting the management of cultural resources, museums’ exhibits, etc.

In: Journal of African Archaeology
Author: Antoine Kernen

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156921010X515950 African and Asian Studies 9 (2010) 252-268 A F R I C A N A N D A S I A N S T U D I E S Small and Medium-sized Chinese Businesses in Mali and Senegal Antoine Kernen * Faculté des Sciences Sociales et Politiques

In: African and Asian Studies
Author: Joseph Hill

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157006610X540735 Journal of Religion in Africa 40 (2010) 375-412 ‘All Women are Guides’: Sufi Leadership and Womanhood among Taalibe Baay in Senegal Joseph Hill Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology & Egyptology Department American

In: Journal of Religion in Africa
This series publishes monographs on African social issues. The studies from various social scientific perspectives, are original works, and essential for scholars of African Studies. Africa is getting an increasing amount of interest from the academic world: the continent is developing at a rapid pace. To understand the changes and to learn more about the social history of Africa, the new series will shed light on the problems and possibilities of the continent from Senegal to Somalia and from Niger to South Africa. Titles will be published with local publishers as much as possible.