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"Out of Nouakchott: Female scholars as mediators of Islam in contemporary Mauritania."

7 Aug 2015 - 13:15

In Collaboration HUMA/Department of Religious Studies Seminar

 

"Out of Nouakchott: Female scholars as mediators of Islam in contemporary Mauritania."

A talk by Britta Frede

 

This talk deals with traditionalist Muslim education among women in contemporary Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. It draws on material collected during field research conducted between 2012 and 2014. Mahdaras, as traditionalist educational institutions are known, have produced a number of learned women in the past and the present. These women were then engaged in the transmission of knowledge either by founding their own schools or some of them even by composing texts for a broader public. Until the 1990s, these women scholars were mostly present in the countryside, while in recent times, they can be found in Nouakchott, a formerly more masculine dominated but multi-tribal and multi-ethnic urban space. However, the establishing of mahdaras headed by female scholars in such an environment contributes to a transformation of the traditionalist educational institution. First insights into these transformative processes will be shared in this talk.

 

Date: Wednesday, 12 August 2015

 

Time: 1:00 – 02:30 pm

 

Venue: Huma Seminar Room, 4th Floor, Neville Alexander Building (formerly known as the ‘Humanities Building’)

Upper Campus, UCT