Remembering the Nation: The Mourid Maggal in Saint Louis, Senegal

de Jong, Ferdinand (2010) Remembering the Nation: The Mourid Maggal in Saint Louis, Senegal. Cahiers d'Études africaines, 50 (197). pp. 123-151. ISSN 1777-5353

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Every year on the 5th of September, the Murid brotherhood of Senegal re-members a prayer conducted by Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, founder of the brotherhood.  This prayer was said by the Saint when tried and condemned to exile by the French colonial authorities.  This article presents a history of the Prayer and an ethnography of the pilgrimage that Murid disciples undertake to commemorate this prayer as an act of resistance against the colonial regime.  It analyses the Prayer as a palimpsest performance that re-members historical relations between secular and Sufi leaders in the present, while merging civic and religious subjectivities in the citizens/disciples. Suggesting that the Prayer performs a range of different temporalities while it is itself framed by the Gregorian calendar, the article suggests that the Prayer produces a hybrid subjectivity of belonging to both Muslim brotherhood and Senegalese nation. The article demonstrates how the Senegalese nation is produced through remembrance, rather than historicism.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Centre for African Art and Archaeology
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
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Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:57
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2023 19:30
DOI: 10.4000/etudesafricaines.15810

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