Collaboration, Modernity and Colonial Rule: Sidiyya Baba and Mauritania

By David Robinson

Group of marabouts photographed, with Dudu Seck or Bu El Mogdad II at far right

Group of marabouts photographed, with Dudu Seck or Bu El Mogdad II at far right
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Gouraud took this picture of a group of Mooorish clerics or zwaya. Dudu Seck, or Bu El Mogdad II, is the figure on the far right, and is serving as interpreter and emissary for the French. This comes from a different work by Gouraud, the leader of the French conquest of central Mauritania. This photo contains the caption, "A Moudjéria - Les chefs kountas du Tagant; à droite l'interprète el Mogdad."

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Group of marabouts photographed, with Dudu Seck or Bu El Mogdad II at far right
Group of marabouts photographed, with Dudu Seck or Bu El Mogdad II at far right
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Description: Gouraud took this picture of a group of Mooorish clerics or zwaya. Dudu Seck, or Bu El Mogdad II, is the figure on the far right, and is serving as interpreter and emissary for the French. This comes from a different work by Gouraud, the leader of the French conquest of central Mauritania. This photo contains the caption, "A Moudjéria - Les chefs kountas du Tagant; à droite l'interprète el Mogdad."
Date Range: 1910-1919
Location: Mauritania
Format: Image/jpeg
Rights Management: For educational use only.
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. La pacification de la Mauritanie (Paris: Comite de l'Afrique Francaise, 1911), p 32.

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