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Title:From Bulsafay to Fodeyya: Qur'anic education among Mandinka Muslims in Senegal
Author:Drame, AlyISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Mande Studies
Volume:13
Pages:91-123
Language:English
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:Islamic education
Manding
local history
Abstract:Islamic centres have existed in the Middle Casamance region of Senegal since the emergence of the original Muslim settlements in this region. Muslim clerics crafted the basic frameworks for the models of Qur'anic education that have been passed down to successive generations up until the present. The author notes that scholars have consistently ignored the role of the Casamance in the transmission of Qur'anic education in Senegambia and surrounding areas. This negligence is a clear reflection of the peripheral role still ascribed to the Casamance as a whole in the historiography of the region. This paper focusses on the Mandinka Qur'anic school system in the Middle Casamance. Using genealogies of Muslim scholars and oral data collected during fieldwork, the author examines some of the core characteristics of the Mandinka Qur'anic school system, including the initial rite (bulsafay), the teaching curriculum, the relations between knowledge seekers and givers, gender role expectations, and the highest bade of honour (fodeyya). He concludes with the educational reform which the Mandinka Qur'anic model is currently experiencing, due to the growing impact of the Francophone school system in the Middle Casamance. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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