Islam in Africa

Islam in Africa

by Hal Marcovitz
     
 

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Islam is considered the world's fastest growing religion, and today more than 420 million Africans follow the Islamic faith. Since Islam was introduced to the continent during the seventh century A.D., it has had a profound political and cultural influence on Africa. This book traces the historical spread of Islam throughout Africa. It also examines current issues

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Islam is considered the world's fastest growing religion, and today more than 420 million Africans follow the Islamic faith. Since Islam was introduced to the continent during the seventh century A.D., it has had a profound political and cultural influence on Africa. This book traces the historical spread of Islam throughout Africa. It also examines current issues and controversies surrounding the Muslim faith in Africa, including fundamentalist interpretations of Islam, efforts to impose Islamic law in countries with mixed Muslim and no-Muslim populations, and religious-based violence.

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Religions covers traditional African beliefs, plus the spread of Christianity and Islam, and how they are practiced today; Islam focuses solely on that religion. Each book has a chapter on recent religious conflicts. The volumes are attractive, with color maps and photos, glossaries (incomplete) and bibliographies; Islam also has a chronology. The information presented is adequate but, in texts of under 100 pages, is clearly superficial. There are some issues: the maps don't indicate the Sahara Desert, making repeated references to "sub-Saharan" Africa confusing (the term isn't explained in the texts, either). None of the quotes are thoroughly referenced (about a third aren't given any citation whatsoever). Religions overuses the passive voice and lacks a conclusion; the authors also attribute female genital mutilation solely to traditional African religions (Marcovitz has a lengthy section on it in Islam ). Finally, most of the material in Islam is covered in Religions , though not always in as much detail. Thus, for most libraries, Religions alone will suffice. Aloysius M. Lugira's African Religion (Facts On File, 2004) gives a thorough overview just of traditional African religions in 200 pages plus.
—Ann W. MooreCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422229439
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Series:
Africa Series: Progress and Problems
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1310L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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