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Title:The Transmission of Islamic Knowledge in Moorish Society from the Rise of the Almoravids to the 19th Century
Author:El Hamel, Chouki
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic terms:Mauritania
Subjects:Islamic education
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1581787
Abstract:This paper reconstructs the history of the transmission of knowledge in Moorish society - covering the period from the rise of the Almoravids (c. 1040) to the 19th century -, and discusses themes relating to the land, the people and the historical context; centres of instruction, the Moorish nomadic institution of learning: 'al-mahadra'; tools of the transmission of knowledge; teaching methods in the Moorish institution; the place of women in the education system; the students and their relationship with the teacher; and the roles of scholars in society. The main geographical focus is the region of the western Moorish Sahara, the greater part of which is known today as Mauritania and northern Mali. The primary source upon which the paper is based is the 'Fat.h ash-shakur fi ma'rifat a'yan 'ulama' at-Takrur' (The key given by God for making known the noteworthy 'ulama' of Takrur), an Arabic text written in AD 1800 by the Mauritanian scholar Muhammad al-Burtuli al-Walati. Notes, ref.