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Islam | Africa
September 15 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Mediating Bamba: Qasida Exegesis in the Age of New Media
Tuesday September 15 @ 11:45am
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The Mouride Sufi order, which was founded by Amadou Bamba at the end of the nineteenth century, has played an important role in the construction of religious identities in post-colonial Senegal. Although scholars have long studied Mourides’ religious organization as well as their political and economic conditions, they have yet to unpack and engage with how Mouride religiosity and spirituality are animated by Amadou Bamba’s poetic compositions (qasidas). This paper fills this lacuna, examining the intensification of this genre among Mouride disciples. In so doing, I ask: how do new media facilitate Amadou Bamba’s qasidas in his living Sufi community?
Macodou Fall is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Religion of the University of Florida. His research interests include Islam, Ajami literature, and popular culture in West Africa.