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Permanent pilgrims : the role of pilgrimage in the lives of West African Muslims in Sudan /
C. Bawa Yamba.
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, c1995.
xii, 237 p., [4] p. of plates : ill., 4 maps ; 25 cm.
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Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, c1995.
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Revision of the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Stockholm, 1990.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-230) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-11-01:
Yamba (International Health and Social Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm) offers insight into a unique happening. It involves West African immigrants--third, fourth, even fifth generation--who have lived all their lives in their own villages in Sudan, yet still regard themselves as in transit to Mecca. Predominantly Hausa speakers, they originally left northern Nigeria to emigrate to Muhammad's homeland; the prime catalyst was the coming of colonial rule to northern Nigeria. Their hegira became the haji, the pilgrimage to Mecca that became a paradigm for life. These pilgrims have various "mechanical" reasons for not completing the haji, but stress Allah's will. As long as they are on their pilgrimage to Mecca, they believe an extended state of grace envelops them. In Sudan's Gezira Scheme, the labor input of West Africans became vital for cotton production. Indeed, the West African pilgrims are economically indispensable for Sudan, but, refusing citizenship, they are considered politically undesirable. Yamba's study is based on firsthand research in Sudan. Excellent notes, four maps, five illustrations, glossary, fine bibliography, serviceable index. For students of anthropology, history, and religion, upper-division undergraduate level and above. E. E. Beauregard emeritus, University of Dayton
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Table of Contents
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Introductionp. 1
The history of West African migration to Sudanp. 30
The rural dwellers: moral virtues, secular constraintsp. 65
The urban dwellers: landlords, clients, fakis and beggarsp. 94
The Islamic pilgrimage and the West African subculture in Sudanp. 121
Divine design and its consequences for the achievement of pilgrimage in this lifep. 152
The pilgrimage as a paradigm for lifep. 181
Appendix I: In the fieldp. 194
Appendix II: Some brief biographical notes on the key informants quoted in the testp. 202
Glossaryp. 203
Notesp. 206
Referencesp. 223
Indexp. 231
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