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Book Launch: André Chappatte

February 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Friday 9 February 2024,  4.00-6.00pm GMT

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In Search of Tunga:
Prosperity, Almighty God, and Lives in Motion in a Malian Provincial Town

André Chappatte

and Gunvor Jónsson (Honorary Research Associate in Sociology at the Open University) as chair

This volume on Muslim life focuses on young male migrants of rural origin who move to build better lives in Bougouni, a provincial town in southwest Mali. Describing themselves as “simply Muslims” and “adventurers,” these migrants aim to be both prosperous and good Muslims. Drawing upon seventeen months of fieldwork, author André Chappatte explores their sense of prosperity and piety as they embark on tunga (adventure), a customary search for money and more in a tradition that dates back to the colonial period.

André Chappatte is Assistant Professor at the Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva.


The book is published by University of Michigan Press. More info here: https://www.press.umich.edu/12122503/in_search_of_tunga


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February 9
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