CAPSAHARA Lecture Series || 16 OCT, 2pm > 6pm || Colégio Almada Negreiros, Campolide Campus, Lisbon

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Precarious States:
Confronting uncertainty in the Sahara through invisible forces
Erin Pettigrew (NYU | Abu Dhabi)

With the participation of Zahra Horma
Filming in the Sahara: an experiment in Visual Anthropology

16 October | 2pm > 6pm
Room 219
Colégio Almada Negreiros
Campolide Campus, Lisbon

This talk will focus on the ways the Islamic esoteric sciences were central to the construction of authority and the maintenance of social and physical health in the southwestern Sahara, what is today Mauritania, from the mid-fifteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries. By and large, in the pre-colonial period, Saharan scholars did not call into question the existence of powerful and invisible spiritual and cosmological forces. Instead, they questioned the techniques used to access them and the social uses to which they were put. In doing so, these scholars often made epistemological distinctions that marked some methods as illicit siḥr, or sorcery, and others as part of religiously-sanctioned knowledge. Who contested this knowledge and had the authority to do so, as well as the consequences of these critiques shape the contours of this paper.  

Erin Pettigrew is an assistant professor of History and Arab Crossroads Studies at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her research focuses on 19th and 20th century West Africa and on the histories of Islam, race, and healing in colonial and postcolonial contexts.

Zahra Horma holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology, with a specialization in Visual Cultures. Her research project “Matrimonial Strategies of the beidan society of Mauritania”  is a documentary filmed in Mauritania between 2016 and 2018.

Francisco Freire (CAPSAHARA PI)
AZIMUT – Studies in Arab and Islamic Contexts / CRIA

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