Marabout Women in Dakar

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Amber B. Gemmeke

Creating Trust in a Rural Urban Space

ISBN 978-3-8258-1349-9
Band-Nr. 3
Jahr 2008
Seiten 248
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Mande Worlds

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This rich ethnographic study explores the life and work of successful
marabout women in Dakar. It is set against the background of their private
family lives, of developments in Senegalese society, and of global
changes. While including female experts in spirit possession and
plant-based healing, it also gives a rare insight in the work of women who
offer Islamic knowledge such as Arabic astrology, numerology, divination
and prayer sessions. With the analysis of marabout women’s work this study
sheds light on the ways in which women’s authority in esoteric knowledge
is negotiated, legitimated, and publicly recognised in Dakar. The study
focuses especially upon marabout women’s strategies to gain their clients‘
trust. Reference to rural areas is a significant element in this process.
This study thus contributes to an understanding of the gendered way in
which trust and scepticism are related to marabouts‘ work and of the role
of a connection between Dakar and the rural areas therein.

Amber B. Gemmeke has an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Leiden University
(2000). In 2001 she obtained a „Diplome d’Études Approfondies“ at
Université XIV and I (Paris). In 2008 she obtained a PhD at Leiden
University. She is currently teaching at the University of Amsterdam.