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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:An African Muslim saint and his followers in France
Author:Soares, Benjamin F.ISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (ISSN 1369-183X)
Volume:30
Issue:5
Pages:913-927
Language:English
Geographic terms:West Africa
France
Mali
Senegal
Subjects:migration
Sufism
Tijaniyya
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183042000245615
Abstract:This paper explores the practice of Islam among a relatively understudied group of Muslim migrants in France, the Halpulaaren, some of whom have been living in France for more than three decades. Drawing on field research in Senegal, Mali and France, the author considers the contexts for Halpulaaren migration to France, including the West African background to such migration and the situation migrants face in France. The author focuses on a Halpulaaren Muslim religious leader from Senegal, Mansour Baro, who has a reputation as a living Muslim saint, and his followers in France. Tierno Mansour is one of a handful of the most esteemed leaders of the Tijaniyya Sufi order in Senegal. The appeal of this saint, who annually visits Europe, for his followers in France is examined in order to try and understand some of the ways of being Muslim in the shadow of the global city with both its promises and constraints. [Journal abstract]
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