Barbali delves into PE muslim brotherhood
Silvana Barbali has spent the last five years researching the Senegalese community in Port Elizabeth for Masters in Anthropology at Rhodes University. Her lecture ‘Islam, Transnationalism and Migrants in Port Elizabeth (PE)’ on Tuesday 6 August focused on the culture of migration by Senegalese men and the community grounding they achieve as a result of their religious brotherhoods. Barbali spent significant amounts of time with the Islamic Senegalese community, which is comprised mostly of men as migration to foreign countries is seen as a rite of passage for Senegalese men and does not extend to women in the culture.
Barbali was working with the Senegalese community during the 2008 xenophobic violence and encountered many ethical issues with regard to photographing members of the community. She is currently working on her PhD at Rhodes University and is hoping to travel to Senegal to further study the communities and culture.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Oppidan Press