Category Archives: shrines

Notes from the field, January 2018 in Senegal

I have just returned from a week of field work in Senegal. While I have often done field work there, this time was different. First, I was joined by two other researchers for a team excursion. My two companions de … Continue reading

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Just published, a study of shrines at Moroccan archaeological sites

A long time in the pipeline, a co-authored study of shrines at archaeological sites has at last been published. Fifteen years ago, in the Spring of 2002, I teamed up with Said Ennahid, an archaeologist and colleague at Al Akhawayn … Continue reading

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The annual Interfaith Alliance excursion down Oued Tizguit

To greet the new academic year with an appropriate mix of fun and purpose, AUI’s Interfaith Alliance organized an excursion down the Tizguit valley from campus to the village of Zawiyat Sidi Abdesslam. The Interfaith Alliance is one of the … Continue reading

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Attending a festival of Hamadshi culture

                On 38-29-30 July 2016 I was invited to attend the Festival of Hamadshi Heritage. It is held annually in the village of Sidi Ali, which harbors the tomb of Sîdî ‘Alî ben … Continue reading

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Mapping the zâwiyas of Fez

My disposition for mapping shrines often leads me to volunteer my services to fellow academics working on the topic who may not have the time or expertise to make their own maps. I am always delighted when one of these … Continue reading

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Attending a geography conference in Ankara

I have spent the break between the Spring and Summer semesters in Turkey. First, I attended a geography conference in Ankara, after which I was invited to Konya to give a presentation. This year’s EuroGeo Conference was held in Ankara. Yes, … Continue reading

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Attending a workshop on holy places in medieval Islam

Nothing gets me in a better mood at the start of a new school year than attending a conference in a beautiful city I have never visited before. Last year this happened in Lisbon (see post about urbanization in Africa). … Continue reading

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