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Title:Islam and Gender in Colonial Northeast Africa: Sitti 'Alawiyya, the Uncrowned Queen
Author:Bruzzi, Sylvia
Year:2018
ISSN:1570-3754
Issue:21
Pages:252
Language:English
Series:Islam in Africa
City:Leiden
Publisher:Brill
ISBN:9789004356160
Geographic terms:Northeast Africa
Ethiopia
Subjects:Islam
Islamic movements
Sufism
women
gender
colonialism
About person:'Alawiyya al-Mirghani (1892/1893-1940)
Abstract:The author provides an account of Islamic movements and gender dynamics in the context of colonial rule in Northeast Africa. The thread that runs through the book is the life and times of Sitti ‘Alawiyya al-Mirgani (1892-1940), a representative of a well-established transnational Sufi order in the Red Sea region. Silvia Bruzzi gives us not only a social history of the colonial encounter in the Eritrean colony, but also a wider historical account of supra-regional dynamics across the Red Sea, the Ethiopian hinterland, and the Mediterranean region, using a wide range of fragmentary historical materials to make an important contribution towards filling the gap that currently exists in women's and gender history in Muslim societies.
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