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Title:The Senegalese murid trade diaspora and the making of a vernacular cosmopolitanism
Author:Diouf, MamadouISNI
Periodical:CODESRIA Bulletin
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:Muslim brotherhoods
global economy
Abstract:An issue that continues to defy analysis is how to elaborate a single explanation of both the process of globalization and the multiplicity of individual temporalities and local rationalities that are inserted into it. The present article is concerned with the role of capitalist modernity in the process of globalization, and the possibility of the emergence of non-Western modalities of dealing with the acquisition of wealth, as well as with the various forms and expressions of incorporation and inscription into the process of globalization, on the basis of a significant locality, that of the Murid brotherhood in Senegal. The construction of the Murid community since its foundation in the 19th century has passed through three phases, each corresponding to specific modes of inscription in space, relations with the outside world, and formulas of financial accumulation and economic production. Muridism's unique cosmopolitanism, consisting in participation but not assimilation, thus organizing the local not only to strengthen its position but also to establish the rules governing dialogue with the universal, is evident throughout. The Murid diaspora in the world, because it presents itself in the mode of a ritual community, participates in the plural representation of the world on the basis of unique achievements. And it is in the tension between a presence manifested in the display of a native vernacular cosmopolitanism and an acceptance in the world that the future of an African commercial diaspora, always in transit, will be played out. Notes, ref.