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Title:Localizing Fulbe architecture
Author:DeLancey, Mark Dike
Year:2014
Periodical:Islamic Africa (ISSN 2154-0993)
Volume:5
Issue:1
Pages:1-43
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:Fulani
architecture
identity
Link:http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.5192/21540993050101
Abstract:Fulbe architecture of the Adamawa Region, Cameroon, and the Fouta Djallon region, Guinea, bear many formal similarities. Fulbe in northern Cameroon often point to architectural form as a marker of ethnic identity. Scholars have also perceived ethnicity, as well as Islam, as central to analyzing Fulbe architecture, drawing upon a now-outdated understanding of 'pulaaku', or Fulbeness. This article argues that those studying Fulbe architecture must recognize the shift in Fulbe studies from an emphasis on a unitary identity to its malleability. The Fulbe should more appropriately be perceived, especially in the realm of permanent architecture, as extraordinarily adaptive. The focus on ethnicity and Islamic faith has in fact blinded scholars to the much stronger connections that can be drawn with local architectural traditions, irrespective of religion or ethnicity. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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