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Title:Beyond 'Mouridcentrism': lived Islam in the context of Senegalese migrations
Authors:Sobczyk, Rita
Soriano, Rosa
Year:2015
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World (ISSN 1872-5457)
Volume:8
Issue:2
Pages:174-199
Language:English
Geographic terms:Senegal
Spain
Subjects:Senegalese
diasporas
migrants
Sufism
social networks
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/18725465-00802002
Abstract:This paper applies a 'lived religion' perspective to analyze how Islam is defined, practised and experienced by Senegalese migrants in Spain. The study enters into a dialogue with the existing scholarship on religion in the context of Senegalese mobility which, to a great extent, has been centred on the Mouride brotherhood. It adds to the general debate on how to analyze 'lived religion' by challenging the conceptualization of religion as organizational belonging. It is argued that in migration studies 'Mouridcentrism' has contributed to the partial invisibility of the social relations and networks formed outside this Sufi order. The findings show that interconnections among Senegalese frequently play a more significant role than brotherhood affiliation in shaping relations on a micro-level. Religion emerges as a vehicle which frequently serves to reaffirm these community dynamics influencing socio-cultural, economic and political aspects of migrants' everyday experience. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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