Monthly Archives: March 2011

The zâwiya of Sheikh al-‘Alawi Bentounès in Mostaghanem

The spiritual path of Algerian Sheikh Ahmad al-‘Alawi Bentounès (1869-1934), like that of his contemporary Sheikh Ahmadu Bamba in Senegal, ran through the territory of French colonial rule. Born into a family of magistrates in the port city of Mostaghanem, … Continue reading

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The zâwiya of Sidi Boumédiène in ‘Ubbâd, Algeria

In April 2004 my anthropologist colleague John Shoup and I were invited to Oran by Prof. Mourad Moulai Hadj of the CRASC (Centre de Recherche en Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle) in order to present some of our research at the … Continue reading

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