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International Networks of a Trading Diaspora: The Mourides of Senegal Abroad

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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Ebin, Victoria
Book Title: La Ville à Guichets Fermés: Itinéraires, Réseaux et Insertion Urbaine
Publisher: ORSTOM
Location: Paris
Page(s): 323-336
Date: 1995
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5879
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Africa
Subject(s): migration
international trade
social organization
Abstract: "This paper explores questions of identity among Senegalese immigrants who belong to the Islamic brotherhood known as the Mourides. Within the past two decades, these Sufis have abandoned an agricultural way of life in the rural regions of Senegal to enter the world of international trade. Throughout the brotherhood's expansion from the countryside to urban employment and now to international migration, the Mourides have maintained a strong identity and highly centralized organization which has extended to new communities outside Senegal and continues to attract converts, both Senegalese and non-Senegalese. This paper examines how throughout major relocations in place and in occupational focus, the Mourides have retained their specific identity and world view and strong sense of community."

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