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Women and Transmission of Islamic Knowledge in Cameroon: The Case Study of Ngaoundere, 1830-2015

Souley Mane


Islamic education remains, in most Muslim societies, in the hands of men. Few women are involved in this field due to the lack of knowledge or the non-appropriation of societal issues. The opportunity to teach is not given to them enough. However, some women succeeded in introducing themselves to this universe of knowledge where men reign as masters. This is precisely the case in the city of Ngaoundere, in Cameroon. What is the contribution of Muslim women of this city in the dissemination of Islamic knowledge? This is the question we will answer in this article by adopting a three-fold plan. The first part presents Islam in the city of Ngaoundere. The second part examines the contribution of women as far as Koranic and post-Koranic teachings are concerned. The last point studies the impact, and limitations of education provided by these women and some possible solutions. To carry out this work, we will rely on an analytical and critical approach. It combines history, sociology and religion. As for the sources, they will be mainly written, oral and digital.


women; islamic education; impact; challenges; Ngaoundere

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JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editors: Nkiru Nzegwu; Book Editor: Mary Dillard.

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