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Religious Practices: Ablution, Purification, Prayer, Fasting, and Piety: West Africa
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Through a discussion of the various ways in which Muslim women in West Africa express their piety, in both public and private spheres, this entry explores the meaning of being a pious woman and the difficulties that are encountered by women on their way to becoming “appropriately” pious.

Although Islam offers guidelines to believers seeking to behave in a pious manner, individuals interpret and negotiate these behaviors in a variety of ways. Thus, while there are many parallels and similarities to be found in the ways Muslim women of differen…

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Debevec, Liza, “Religious Practices: Ablution, Purification, Prayer, Fasting, and Piety: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0610h>
First published online: 2009



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