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A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal Paperback – February 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0930741938 ISBN-10: 0930741935

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Los Angeles, Fowler (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930741935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930741938
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More than four million Senegalese follow the Mouride Way, a Sufi movement based on the teachings of Sheikh Amadou Bamba, a mystic who died in 1927. A single surviving photograph of Bamba, taken around 1913 and reproduced in this fascinating monograph, has become iconic: in it, Bamba wears a startlingly white, long-sleeved robe and a loose, white wrap across his head; his features are difficult to discern, sharply in shadow and light, and his standing posture is direct and upright. Mourides believe that images of Bamba offer potency, protection and prosperity. Artists across Senegal, but mostly centered in Dakar, have taken this arresting image and infinitely reproduced it, creating devotional murals, textiles and glass art. One muralist named Papisto Boy says, "As far as I am concerned, when I see his portrait, it helps me overcome all obstacles. It gives me force, and it gives me courage." Allen F. Roberts, director of the James S. Coleman African Studies Center at UCLA, and Mary Nooter Roberts, deputy director and chief curator of the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, have brought together works from street artists and fine artists to broadly paint how the Mourides visually celebrate Bamba. Ten chapters provide 274 color illustrations of everything from stunning, colorful glass paintings by local artists to sculptures by Moustapha Dime, who exhibited at the 1993 Venice Biennale. One chapter explores "Healing Words: Mouride Arts of Writing and Inscription," while another uncovers "Portraits of the Hidden Side: Sanctifying Domestic Space." A glossary, map and notes to the text further clarify this complex, pious art. Photographs of artists selling, making, hanging or contemplating the works add further dimensions of religious, ideological and economic life.
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Allen F. Roberts is professor of world arts and cultures and director of the James S. Coleman African Studies Center at UCLA. Mary Nooter Roberts is deputy director and chief curator of the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jean Robert Sohoka on July 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Senegal is a cradle of juxtaposed cultures and civilizations.
The contribution of Sufism art is well felt in Senegal.
The book invites us to appreciate such an influence. It has strong ramifications in our schools' system.
It is pleasing to see international writers spending their time to broaden the masses' understanding of our culture.
Sufism in Senegal is different from its counterpart in Muslim countries.
In Senegal, Sufism espouses our ethnic tradition and way of life.
The book clearly explained this harmonious unity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Carter on September 4, 2008
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One of the best complied books on The sufi Saint, Amadou Bamaba and all of the art that comes from his greatness. Beautifully put together and a must have for anyone who loves african art, african sufism, or african mysticism. Definently one to collect.
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