Professor Valerie Hoffman at Ghardai

Date

11/19/20
Another street, also in Beni Isguen, of Valerie Hoffman standing in front of the library of the most influential Ibadi scholar of the modern period, Muhammad Atfiyyash (1820-1914). This is right next to the house where he lived.

Professor Valerie Hoffman (U of I Dept. of Religion) writes that she is was in Ghardaia, the main town of the Wadi Mzab in Algeria. The Wadi Mzab, a desert valley 375 miles south of Algiers, is one of the few places in the world where most of the Muslims belong to the Ibadi sect. She arrived February 2 and stayed until February 16. Then She went to Tunisia, where the island of Djerba was also a center of Ibadism. On March 1, Professor Hoffman flew to the Sultanate of Oman, where Ibadis are the dominant Muslim community.

Beni Isguen street
a street in Beni Isguen, a small town very near Ghardaia