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Title:Ahmadiyya and urbanization: migrant women in Abidjan
Author:Yacoob, May Mirza
Series:Working papers
City of publisher:Boston
Publisher:African Studies Center, Boston University
Geographic term:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Subjects:Muslim brotherhoods
women migrants
Abstract:Certain Islamic beliefs relating to the role of women have changed under the stresses and pressures of urbanization and in this context Moslem migrants in Abidjan have accepted the Ahmadiyya because they have found it useful in solving problems which arose with migration. Ahmadiyya exists and is accepted only to the extent that it is able to provide solutions. It provides access to resources otherwise difficult to obtain such as schools, hospitals, guidance, and above all, a community. It also provides a sense of identity and ethnicity. It has been accepted because the traditional concepts of Islam were not providing the answers to these needs. Data presented in the article are based on fieldwork conducted in Abidjan between November 1976 and April 1978.