This summer, graduate student Aya Cockram is in and around Dakar, Senegal doing field research. She studies with the Department of Religion at the University of Florida and works with faculty and researchers with the Center for Global Islamic Studies.
Cockram had this to share about the research and photos:
These photos showcase the Baye Fall sect of the Muride brotherhood, which views work for one’s sheikh — a teacher who initiates and guides followers in a particular Sufi order — as a path to spiritual salvation. This allows them to bypass practices often viewed as essential to Muslims; such as salat or fasting during Ramadan. In the community of Serigne organic farming, green-building, repurposing, and other eco-practices have become a part of this spiritual work.