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JUDITH SCHEELE A pilgrimage to Arawān: Religious legitimacy, status, and ownership in Timbuktu American Ethnologist 40

Article first published online: 6 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/amet.12012

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Northern Mali has been shaken by drought and conflict since the 1960s, leading to gradual redefinitions of notions of status, social hierarchy, and rights in land and people. These changes indicate a fundamental shift from genealogical to territorial visions of the world: from notions of infinite encompassment and concomitant hierarchy to conceptions of rights as derived from “indigeneity” and exclusive categories of ownership and belonging.

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