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Astronism in Mauritania refers to the presence of the Astronist philosophy and religion in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The operations of the Astronist Institution in this country are under jurisdiction of the Astronist Superiate of Mauritania, a national subsidiary of the worldwide Astronist Institution.

The Astronist Superiate of Mauritania oversees the construction and maintenance of observatories and planetariums throughout its jurisdiction. Mauritania is split into fifteen regions and holds one Grand Observatory in the capital city of Nouakchott.

This national branch of the Astronist Institution manages the official representation and depiction of Astronism throughout this territory, including efforts to protect the identity of the philosophy with the intention of further disseminating it throughout the territory.

It is the Institution alone that is granted the status of proprietor to the philosophy in this territory as any other organisations or institutions proclaiming such a role are deemed as unauthorised proprietors and are therefore considered as part of the anti-Institutionist movement.

Other terms

Several terms are used to refer to the presence of Astronism in Mauritania including:

  • Astro-Mauritanian philosophy
  • Astro-Mauritanian religion
  • Astro-Mauritanian spirituality
  • Mauritanian astroncy
  • Mauritanian Astronism
  • Mauritanian astronomical religion
  • Mauritanian Cosmism
  • Mauritanian space religion
  • Mauritanian Tanwir

History of Astronism in Mauritania

As of December 2020, Astronism is not recognised as a valid religion or religious group in the country of Mauritania. According to the Astronist Institution's late 2020 report called the Demographics of Astronism, Mauritania had a population of 64 Astronists, up from 60 Astronists in 2019. 

In its 2020 Astronist Freedom report, the Astronist Institution designated the religious liberties for Astronists in the country as terminal. This is the lowest possible ranking for a country’s religious freedoms that can be given by the Astronist Institution. Astronists are severely undermined and persecuted here and the Astronist Institution has expressed significant concerns regarding the violations of human rights both for Astronists and all religious minorities. 

A significant barrier to the further spread of Astronism in the country is the lack of accurate translations of Astronist materials in the dominant language of the nation. As of late 2020, the Omnidoxy had not been translated into the most widely spoken language of Mauritania which remains an issue for Astronists there.

Astronist demographics in Mauritania

Year Number of Astronists
2019 60
2020 64

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