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Muslim Identity and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa Ed By
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Muslim Identity and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa Ed By

Muslim Identity and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa
Edited by Louis Brenner
PUBLISHER: Indiana State University Press
YEAR1994
ISBN-13: 978-1850651963
Paperback 250
PAGES

 

This collection of 1991 conference papers examines the often complex evolution of Islam in a variety of African countries in recent decades, emphasizing the interaction between Islamic groups as they wrestle with issues of local tradition, doctrinal reform, political patronage, and increasing Westernization. Where open forms of political activity have been suppressed, some authors argue, Islam has become a vehicle to express ideological, socioeconomic, and political rivalries. Where governments have failed to provide needed social services, Muslim groups have begun to respond to demands for education and welfare in ways largely ignored by Western development agencies.

The book's wealth of historical detail will please experts in this field. The lack of a glossary of Arabic terms will frustrate the nonspecialist. Also frustrating is the failure of either of the book's two chapters on the Sudan -- sub-Saharan Africa's only state to institute shari ah law -- to adequately explain how the political manipulation of religious conflict facilitated the rise of that country's current regime. Other countries discussed include Nigeria, Mali, Niger, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa.

LOUIS BRENNER is Reader in the History of Religion in Africa and Head of the Department of African Languages and Cultures at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is author of West African Sufi: The Religious Heritage and Spiritual Search of Cerno Bokar Saalif Taal


PREFACE
NOTES ON THE CO-AUTHORS
POLITCAL MAP OF AFRICA

INTRODUCTION: Muslim Representations of Unity and Difference in the African Discourse
Louis Brenner

POWER, POLITICS AND IDENTITY

Islamic Hegemonies in the Sudan: Sufism, Mahdism, and Islamism
R.S. O’Fahey

Leadership, Muslim Identites and East African Politics: Tradition, Bureaucratization and Communication
Francois Constantin

Constructing Muslim Identities in Mali
Louis Brenner

THE SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF ISLAMIZATION

Metamorphoses of the Yao Muslims
Alan Thorold

Growing Islamism in Kano City since 1970: Causes, Form, and Implications
Bawuro M. Barkindo

Islam and the Identity of Merchants in Maradi (Niger)
Emmanuel Gregoire

PERMUTATIONS OF SUFISM

The Influence of the Niass Tijaniyya in the Niger-Benue Confluence Area of Nigeria
Ahmed Rufai Mohammed

Beyond Sufism: the Case of Millennial Islam in Sudan
Awad Al-Sid Al-Karsani

Changing Islamic Identity in Nigeria from the 1960s to the 1980s: From Sufism to anti-Sufism
Muhammad Sani Umar

THE MODERNIZATION OF ISLAMIC EDUCATION

Islamic Learning and its Interaction with Western Education in Ilorin, Nigeria
Stefan Reichmuth

Rural Madrasas of the Southern Kenya Coast, 1971-92
David C. Sperling

ISLAM AND THE PRINTING PRESS

The Muslim News (1960-1986): Expression of an Islamic Identity in South Africa
Muhammed Haron

The Role of Kiswahili in East African Islam
Justo Lacunza Balda
 

Index

  ISBN 9781850651963

Weight: 360

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