On the first morning of the Grand Magal in Touba, a group of women retreat into the house of the Ndiaye family while men gather to pray in the courtyard. The Ndiaye family commits to the Dahira of Serigne Fallou Mbacké, who was the second son of Cheikh Amadou Bamba. The Grand Magal is the largest pilgrimage in Senegal and also the most important reunion of the Dahiras and the families of the Mourid Brotherhood. Women are regarded to be the center of the family. Even though Senegalese society conforms to patriarchal principles, women have more freedom than in many other Muslim countries. Whether they wear headscarves or veils, wigs or natural hair in public is up to them.
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