Category Archives: Sufism

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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The Bradt Travel Guide to Senegal

Every once in a while, someone will contact me to ask me to contribute to a non-academic project. As an academic ensconced in my ivory tower, isolated in a gated campus on a ridge at the edge of a mountain … Continue reading

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Murids of Morocco gather to celebrate Cheikh Ahmadu Bamba

On May 9th, 2015, Murids from across Morocco gathered to celebrate Cheikh Ahmadu Bamba Mbacké, and I was honored to participate. The national event, held in an indoor basketball stadium (the CMC) in Casablanca, was organized by Dahira Fathul Ghaffar, a … Continue reading

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Teaching a seminar on contemporary Senegalese Sufism

I am in Tsukuba, Japan, this week, teaching a seminar on contemporary Senegalese Sufism. A former student of mine, Matsubara Kosuke, is now a professor of urban planning at the University of Tsukuba. This Japanese university and Al Akhawayn University … Continue reading

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Christmas in Cambérène

At long last, in time for Christmas and well worth the wait, a piece of field research I conducted nearly six years ago and presented at a conference over five years ago has been published in an edited volume: “Christmas … Continue reading

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Prayer in the City, a new edited volume on religious life in urban spaces around the Muslim world

One of the pleasures of presenting papers at academic conferences is occasionally seeing the proceedings published several years late (see next post). It’s a bit like reliving the original encounter. Small conferences are the best, thirty or forty people presenting … Continue reading

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