This collection contains 664 digital images (JPEG files) depicting the built environment, landscape and people of Morocco, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and South Africa. A large number of images depict people in and around the Gidan Rumfa palace in Kano, Nigeria, including spectators of and participants in a ceremonial procession celebrating Eid ul-Fitr (the end of Ramadan); servants, concubines, praise singers and musicians in and near the palace harem; members of the royal household and the royal guards; and Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano. Other images depict architectural features of the palace. Images from Morocco, Ghana, Niger and South Africa include various scenes of daily life, architecture, markets, cemeteries and landscapes.
Beverly Mack is a Professor of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies and a Courtesy Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. Professor Mack holds Ph.D. and Master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her Ph.D. and M.A. are in African literature, with doctoral minors in African history and comparative literature. She has conducted extended field research in Kano, Nigeria, and Fes, Morocco, with shorter research periods in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Guinea-Conakry, and published extensively on African literature and Muslim women's lives in West Africa.
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