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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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Between the camels and the dinosaures: a weekend of field exercises in the Tafilalt oasis

One of the undergraduate courses I am teaching this semester is Field Methods, an advanced methods course for students specializing in Development Studies. Throughout the semester the four students in the class have been conducting practical field exercises in and … Continue reading

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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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Morocco’s seaside shrines

Wednesday, February 16th is a religious holiday in Morocco. It’s the ‘Ayd al-Mawlid, the Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (12th of Rabî’ al-Awal), an important holiday for Sufis. Moroccan shrines mark the day in a variety of ways: all-night vigils, … Continue reading

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Mâ al-‘Ainîn’s qasba in Smara

In October 2006, accompanied by AUI colleagues John Shoup, Audra Grant and James Sater, I visited the restored qasba-zâwiya of Sheikh Mâ al-‘Ainîn in Smara, Morocco. Scholar, strategist and Qâdirî sheikh, Mâ al-‘Ainîn ould Sheikh Muhammad al-Fadl (1831-1910) rallied support … Continue reading

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The Shrine of Sidi Sliman al-Jazuli in Marrakech

Here is some information on a major shrine in Marrakech (from my archive of shrine-related work), the zawiya of Muhammad bn Sulayman al-Jazuli (d. 1465), better known locally as Sidi Sliman (he is also known by a posthumous title: Al-Qutb … Continue reading

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