Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa

Author: B. Soares,R. Otayek
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230607101
Category: Social Science
Page: 280
View: 6964
Political liberalization and economic reform, the weakening of the state, and increased global interconnections have all had profound effects on Muslim societies and the practice of Islam in Africa. The contributors to this volume investigate and illuminate the changes that have occurred in Africa, through detailed case studies.

Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa

Author: Benjamin F. Soares,René Otayek
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781403979643
Category: History
Page: 280
View: 5999
Political liberalization and economic reform, the weakening of the state and increased global interconnections have had a profound effect on Muslim societies in Africa. This book investigate these changes, through case studies of Muslim youth activists, Islamic NGO's, debates about Islamic law, secularism and minority rights.

Demokratisierung und islamisches Recht

der Scharia-Konflikt in Nigeria
Author: Johannes Harnischfeger
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 9783593380094
Category: Democracy
Page: 280
View: 5872

Islam, Politics, Anthropology

Author: Filippo Osella,Benjamin Soares
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444324419
Category: Religion
Page: 256
View: 4980
Part of The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute SpecialIssue Book Series, Islam, Politics, Anthropology offerscritical reflections on past and current studies of Islam andpolitics in anthropology and charts new analytical approaches toexamining Islam in the post-9/11 world. Challenges current and past approaches to the study of Islamand Muslim politics in anthropology Offers a critical comprehensive review of past and currentliterature on the subject Presents innovative ethnographic description and analysis ofeveryday Muslim politics in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, andNorth America Proposes new analytical approaches to the study of Islam andMuslim politics

Islamic Reform and Political Change in Northern Nigeria

Author: Roman Loimeier
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810128101
Category: History
Page: 441
View: 7096
The 1970s and 1980s were times of political and religious turmoil in Nigeria, characterized by governmental upheaval, and aggressive confrontations between the Sufi brotherhoods and the Izala movement. In Islamic Reform and Political Change in Northern Nigeria, Roman Loimeier explores the intermeshing of religion in the struggle for political influence and preservation of the interests of Nigerian Muslims. Loimeier's careful scholarship combines astute readings of the work of previous scholars--both published and unpublished--with archival material and the findings of his own fieldwork in Nigeria. His work fills a substantial gap in contemporary Nigerian studies. This book provides invaluable and essential reading for serious students of Nigerian politics and of Islamic movements in Africa.

Islamic Reform in Twentieth-Century Africa

Author: Roman Loimeier
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 1474414915
Category: Religion
Page: 560
View: 2008
The first comprehensive analysis of Muslim movements of reform in modern sub-Saharan AfricaBased on twelve case studies (Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar and the Comoros), this book looks at patterns and peculiarities of different traditions of Islamic reform. Considering both Sufi- and Salafi-oriented movements in their respective historical contexts, it stresses the importance of the local context to explain the different trajectories of development.The book studies the social, religious and political impact of these reform movements in both historical and contemporary times and asks why some have become successful as popular mass movements, while others failed to attract substantial audiences. It also considers jihad-minded movements in contemporary Mali, northern Nigeria and Somalia and looks at modes of transnational entanglement of movements of reform. Against the background of a general inquiry into what constitutes areform, the text responds to the question of what areform actually means for Muslims in contemporary Africa.Key featuresBiographies of reformist scholars complement the textCase studies are placed in the context of the dynamics of areform in the larger world of IslamAddresses the importance of trans-national entanglements and their formative powerFocuses on the dynamics of social and religious development, the political dynamics of Islamic areform and issues of youth, generational change and gender

Islamic Society and State Power in Senegal

Disciples and Citizens in Fatick
Author: Leonardo A. Villalón
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521032322
Category: Political Science
Page: 360
View: 3441
The Sufi Muslim orders to which the vast majority of Senegalese belong are the most significant institutions of social organization in the country. While studies of Islam and politics have tended to focus on the destabilizing force of religiously based groups, Leonardo Villalon argues that in Senegal the orders have been a central component of a political system that has been among the most stable in Africa. Focusing on a regional administrative center, he combines a detailed account of grassroots politics with an analysis of national and international forces to examine the ways in which the internal dynamics of the orders shape the exercise of power by the Senegalese state. This is a major study that should be read by every student of Islam and politics as well as of Africa.

Islam and the European Empires

Author: David Motadel
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191030260
Category: History
Page: 288
View: 348
At the height of the imperial age, European powers ruled over most parts of the Islamic world. The British, French, Russian, and Dutch empires each governed more Muslims than any independent Muslim state. European officials believed Islam to be of great political significance, and were quite cautious when it came to matters of the religious life of their Muslim subjects. In the colonies, they regularly employed Islamic religious leaders and institutions to bolster imperial rule. At the same time, the European presence in Muslim lands was confronted by religious resistance movements and Islamic insurgency. Across the globe, from the West African savanna to the shores of Southeast Asia, Muslim rebels called for holy war against non-Muslim intruders. Islam and the European Empires presents the first comparative account of the engagement of all major European empires with Islam. Bringing together fifteen of the world's leading scholars in the field, the volume explores a wide array of themes, ranging from the accommodation of Islam under imperial rule to Islamic anti-colonial resistance. A truly global history of empire, the volume makes a major contribution not only to our knowledge of the intersection of Islam and imperialism, but also more generally to our understanding of religion and power in the modern world.

Christianity and Public Culture in Africa

Author: Harri Englund
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821443666
Category: Religion
Page: 240
View: 6581
Christianity and Public Culture in Africa takes readers beyond familiar images of religious politicians and populations steeped in spirituality. It shows how critical reason and Christian convictions have combined in surprising ways as African Christians confront issues such as national constitutions, gender relations, and the continuing struggle with HIV/AIDS. The wide-ranging essays included here explore rural Africa and the continent’s major cities, colonial and missionary legacies, and mass media images in the twenty-first century. They also reveal the diversity of Pentecostalism in Africa and highlight the region’s remarkable denominational diversity. Scholars and students alike will find these essays timely and impressive. The contributors demonstrate how the public significance of Christianity varies across time and place. They explore rural Africa and the continent’s major cities, and colonial and missionary situations, as well as mass-mediated ideas and images in the twenty-first century. They also reveal the plurality of Pentecostalism in Africa and keep in view the continent’s continuing denominational diversity. Students and scholars will find these topical studies to be impressive in scope. Contributors: Barbara M. Cooper, Harri Englund, Marja Hinfelaar, Nicholas Kamau-Goro, Birgit Meyer, Michael Perry Kweku Okyerefo, Damaris Parsitau, Ruth Prince, James A. Pritchett, Ilana van Wyk

Christianity, Islam, and Liberal Democracy

Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa
Author: Robert A. Dowd,Robert Alfred Dowd
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190225211
Category: Religion
Page: 224
View: 926
Based largely on research conducted in Nigeria, and to a lesser extent on other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, this book points to qualitative data (id est narrative accounts of events and in-depth interviews) and quantitative data (id est mass survey research) to suggest that Christian and Islamic religious communities tend to become more conducive to actions and attitudes compatible with liberal democracy in religiously diverse and integrated settings than in religiously homogeneous settings or religiously diverse settings that are highly segregated along religious lines.

Islamism and Its Enemies in the Horn of Africa

Author: Alexander De Waal
ISBN: 9781850657316
Category: Africa, Northeas
Page: 279
View: 8039
America's War on Terrorism has thrown political Islam in Africa into the international spotlight. This book examines the social andpolitical manifestations of Islamism in north-east Africa, including the Nile Valley and the Horn.

Pakistan and Its Diaspora

Multidisciplinary Approaches
Author: M. Bolognani,S. Lyon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230119077
Category: Social Science
Page: 263
View: 9736
Contributors offer an in-depth look at the dynamics of cultural and political change in Pakistan and the Pakistani Diaspora. Moving past static viewpoints, this volume demonstrates the multidirectional nature of the flow of ideas and people that create the social landscape experienced by Pakistanis globally.

African Islam and Islam in Africa

Encounters Between Sufis and Islamists
Author: Eva Evers Rosander,David Westerlund
ISBN: 9781850652823
Category: Africa
Page: 347
View: 6922
This text explores the theme of intra-Islamic tensions in North and West Africa, the result largely of the rise of radical Islamist movements in countries such as Egypt, Algeria and the Sudan.

Muslim Ethiopia

The Christian Legacy, Identity Politics, and Islamic Reformism
Author: Terje Østebø
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137322098
Category: Social Science
Page: 267
View: 4594
Drawing on international and multidisciplinary expertise, this pioneering edited collection analyzing Islam in contemporary Ethiopia challenges the popular notion of a 'Christian Ethiopia' imagined as the century-old, never colonized Abyssinia, isolated in the highlands and dominated by Orthodox Christianity.

Religious militancy and self-assertion

Islam and politics in Nigeria
Author: Matthew Hassan Kukah,Toyin Falola
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781859724743
Category: Political Science
Page: 298
View: 1649
This major work is about the political impact of Islam in modern Nigeria. It argues that Islam is both a religious and political force in modern Nigeria and that there is a tiny Islamic elite who aims to impose a theocracy on the country. The book traces the origin of the creation of an Islamic identity and how, since the 1950s, this identity has been further strengthened and manipulated to control federal power. So successful is the use of Islam for power that the Christians have been instigated to fight back, thus unleashing a never ending religious rivalry.For its insights on the emergence of identity, the relationship between Islam and political power, and the relevance of Islam in Nigeria, there is no other book that can compare with this one. The authors are famous and are widely regarded as among the best analysts on religion in Africa.

Sociology and Anthropology: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

Author: Daniel Martin Varisco
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199806438
Page: 43
View: 8479
This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of Islamic studies find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. A reader will discover, for instance, the most reliable introductions and overviews to the topic, and the most important publications on various areas of scholarly interest within this topic. In Islamic studies, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of the Islamic religion and Muslim cultures. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit

Studies in West African Islamic History

Volume 1: The Cultivators of Islam, Volume 2: The Evolution of Islamic Institutions & Volume 3: The Growth of Arabic Literature
Author: John Ralph Willis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136251685
Category: History
Page: 340
View: 9024
First Published in 1979. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Political Islam in West Africa

State-society Relations Transformed
Author: William F. S. Miles
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub
Category: Political Science
Page: 221
View: 7061
Exploring the politics of the Sahel region of Africa, this collection of essays shows how the emergence of political Islam has transformed state-society relations.

African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam

Author: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812201116
Category: Political Science
Page: 216
View: 9267
Constitutionalism is steadily becoming the prevalent form of governance in Africa. But how does constitutionalism deal with the lingering effects of colonialism? And how does constitutional law deal with Islamic principles in the region? African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam seeks to answer these questions. Constitutional governance has not been, nor will be, easily achieved, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im argues. But setbacks and difficulties are to be expected in the process of adaptation and indigenization of an essentially alien concept—that of of nation-state—and its role in large-scale political and social organization. An-Na'im discusses the problems of implementing constitutionalized forms of government specific to Africa, from definitional to conceptual and practical issues. The role of Islam in these endeavors is open to challenge and reformulation, and should not be taken for granted or assumed to be necessarily negative or positive, An-Na'im asserts, and he emphasizes the role of the agency of Muslims in the process of adapting constitutionalism to the values and practices of their own societies. By examining the incremental successes that some African nations have already achieved and An-Na'im reveals the contingent role that Islam has to play in this process. Ultimately, these issues will determine the long-term sustainability of constitutionalism in Africa.