maraboutism

marabout

[mar-uh-boot, -boo]
noun
1.
Islam.
a.
a hermit or holy man, especially in N Africa, often wielding political power and credited with supernatural powers.
b.
the tomb or shrine of such a man.

Origin:
1615–25; < French < Portuguese marabuto < Arabic murābit; see Almoravid, maravedi

maraboutism, noun
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marabout (ˈmærəˌbuː)
 
n
1.  a Muslim holy man or hermit of North Africa
2.  a shrine of the grave of a marabout
 
[C17: via French and Portuguese marabuto, from Arabic murābit]

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