THE HEART of the MATTER: INTERPRETING BLOODSUCKING ACCUSATIONS in MAURITANIA

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Abstract

This article examines events involving accusations of bloodsucking in the southwestern Sahara. French colonial archives allow researchers to identify specific cases in time and location; however, this article seeks to address but then move beyond histories of colonial governance. To highlight how communities in the Saharan desert dealt with crises provoked by environmental and social change, this investigation also relies on locally-produced written legal opinions and oral testimony. Emerging from these Saharan sources is one facet of how desert communities envisioned the enchantment of their social worlds and understood difficult periods caused by famine, weak economies, and domestic tensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-435
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of African History
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Keywords

  • Islam
  • Mauritania
  • Sahara
  • West Africa
  • colonialism
  • gender
  • race
  • slavery
  • witchcraft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History

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