The Passport to Paradise gallery highlights the bold, visual images found all over Dakar by focusing upon the urban visual culture of the Mourides, a Senegalese Sufi movement centered upon the life and teachings of a local saint named Sheikh Amadou Bamba.

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Charles Becker
West African Researcher, Dakar


Charles Becker, Centre d'Etudes Africaines, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France

Reknowned West African researcher Charles Becker has partnered with the AODL to present highlights of his research online. The first selections will be from his extensive work in AIDS research and the history of medicine. His areas of research include:

- Demographical History of Senegambia ‹ History of West African societies (Pre- and Protohistory, Precolonial History, Slave Trade and African societies)
- History of health in West Africa - Health policies - Legal and ethical issues
- AIDS and social sciences in Africa.

The African Online Digital Library will continue to add to this collection, in both French and English, as Charles Becker's association with the projct grows.

Sampling from L'Institut Fondemental d'Afrique Noire (IFAN)

Phil Curtin Collection

Collection Boubacar Barry

Collection Charles Becker: Recherches et documents sur le Sida

Photographs from “Passport to Paradise’: Sufi Arts of Senegal and Beyond

Mosques of Bondoukou

Futa Toro, Senegal and Mauritania

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