Islam and social change in French West Africa : history of an emancipatory community

Exploring the history and religious community of a group of Muslim Sufi mystics in colonial French West Africa, this study shows the relationship between religious, social and economic change in the region. It highlights the role that intellectuals played in shaping social and cultural change and il...

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Subtitles:Islam & Social Change in French West Africa
Islam & social change in French West Africa
Main Author: Hanretta, Sean (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2009
Series/Journal:African studies 110
Further subjects:B Sufis Africa, West History, 20th century
B Islam Social aspects Africa, West History 20th century
B France Colonies Africa History, 20th century
B Social change Africa, West History 20th century
B Sylla, Yacouba
B Islam Social aspects Africa, West History, 20th century
B Africa, West Social conditions, 20th century
B RELIGIOUS communities Africa, West History 20th century
B Sufis Africa, West History 20th century
B Social change Africa, West History, 20th century
B France Colonies Africa History 20th century
B Africa, West Colonial influence
B social justice Africa, West History, 20th century
B Africa, West Social conditions 20th century
B Africa, West Religious life and customs
B Sylla, Yacouba 1906-1988 Influence
B RELIGIOUS communities Africa, West History, 20th century
B social justice Africa, West History 20th century
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Parallel Edition:Erscheint auch als: 9780521899710
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Summary:Exploring the history and religious community of a group of Muslim Sufi mystics in colonial French West Africa, this study shows the relationship between religious, social and economic change in the region. It highlights the role that intellectuals played in shaping social and cultural change and illuminates the specific religious ideas and political contexts that gave their efforts meaning. In contrast to depictions that emphasize the importance of international networks and anti-modern reaction in twentieth-century Islamic reform, this book claims that, in West Africa, such movements were driven by local forces and constituted only the most recent round in a set of centuries-old debates about the best way for pious people to confront social injustice. It argues that traditional historical methods prevent an appreciation of Muslim intellectual history in Africa by misunderstanding the nature of information gathering during colonial rule and misconstruing the relationship between documents and oral history.
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ISBN:0511576153
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511576157