• Muslim Women in Burkina Faso since the 1970s: Toward Recognition as Figures of Religious Authority?

    Author(s):
    Muriel Gomez-Perez, Frédérick Madore (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Islam, West Africa, Contemporary Islam
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Burkina Faso
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/dhqr-am84
    Abstract:
    This paper examines how visibility and legitimacy have been defined and achieved by Muslim women who have contributed to the development of Islam in Burkina Faso since the 1970s. We undertake a transversal study of the trajectories of women belonging to different cohorts of Arabic- and French-educated Muslims. In doing so, we highlight identity markers closely associated with key moments in their lives (activism through associations or personal initiatives, religious studies, the pilgrimage to Mecca, and media activities). Through the lens of performativity, we show how women have progressively gained visibility within the Muslim community. And although figures of religious authority remain uniformly male, women are increasingly able to claim legitimacy thanks to their flexible approach.
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