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Title:Negotiating Islamic revival: public religiosity in Nouakchott city
Author:Moustapha, Elemine Ould Mohamed Baba
Periodical:Islamic Africa (ISSN 2154-0993)
Geographic term:Mauritania
urban life
External link:http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.5192/21540993050145
Abstract:As waves of Islamism have given rise to new signs of public religiosity in the city of Nouakchott, Mauritania, over the last decades, it becomes relevant to examine how a long-established Islamic tradition of a Moorish society negotiates these recent Islamic currents as well as their impact on the traditional links between warriors and scholars. The author conducted a survey in 2012 targeting several public expressions of religiosity in Nouakchott, including mosque numbers/attendance, 'shouting sellers', audiocassette shops, radio/TV broadcasting, Islamic labels, and religious music. He describes several expressions of religiosity that chronicled as they appear in the public space of this city and offers comparisons of each, both diachronically and synchronically. In the second part of the article he provides an analysis of possible origins of these aspects of religiosity within the Moorish community of Nouakchott. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]