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Title:The Mecca pilgrimage by West African pastoral nomads
Author:Birks, J. Stace
Year:1977
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:15
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:47-58
Language:English
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:nomads
Islam
pilgrimages
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
pilgrimage
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/159790
Abstract:Each dry season many Um Borroro or nomadic Fulani set off eastwards to Mecca. Some of the Um Borroro leave for Mecca driving some or all of their stock. They propose to live off their animals whilst passing along the savannas, and to raise the finance for the final stage of the pelgrimage - crossing the Red Sea, and entering Arabia - by selling the surviving cattle. They are determined to make the haj without compromising their traditions and customs by undergoing a change of life-style. These pastoral Fulani pilgrims are the subject of this article: The complex of routes along the savannas - The system and duration of nomadic movements - Financing the pilgrimage - The final stage of the pilgrimage - Conclusion. Ref., figures.
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