Collaboration, Modernity and Colonial Rule: Sidiyya Baba and Mauritania

By David Robinson

Sidiyya Baba in Prayer

Sidiyya Baba in Prayer
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The French officer Henri Gouraud spent a great deal of time in Butilimit, Sidiyya Baba's capital, in 1908-10, when he was leading the French conquest of central Mauritania or Adrar. He or someone on his staff took this picture of Baba at prayer in his courtyard.

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Sidiyya Baba in Prayer
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Description: The French officer Henri Gouraud spent a great deal of time in Butilimit, Sidiyya Baba's capital, in 1908-10, when he was leading the French conquest of central Mauritania or Adrar. He or someone on his staff took this picture of Baba at prayer in his courtyard.
Date Range: 1900-1909
Location: Butilimit, Mauritania
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Contributing Institution: David Robinson; MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Source: Gouraud, Henri, Mauritanie Adrar. Souvenirs d'un africain (Paris: Plon, 1945), facing p 64.

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