Muslim Societies in African History / Edition 1

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Examining a series of processes (e.g. islamization, arabization, and africanization) and case studies from North, West, and East Africa, this book gives snapshots of Muslim societies in Africa over the past 1,000+ years.
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"Undoubtedly, the importance of this publication goes beyond its uniqueness as the first undergraduate textbook to cover the historical spread and appropriation of Islam in Africa in such a comprehensive manner....The greatest strength of Robinson's case studies lies in the questions they raise, questions that are still acutely relevant to Muslim communities today and are at the center of global debates about Islam, both inside and outside Muslim communities."-Rahma Bavelaar,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521533669
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2004
  • Series: New Approaches to African History Series, #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 936,128
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
Pt. I The Historical and Institutional Background 1
1 Muhammad and the Birth of Islam 3
2 The Basic Institutions of Islam 11
Pt. II General Themes 25
3 The Islamization of Africa 27
4 The Africanization of Islam 42
5 Muslim Identity and the Salve Trades 60
6 Western Views of Africa and Islam 74
Pt. III Case Studies 89
7 Morocco: Muslims in a "Muslim Nation" 91
8 Ethiopia: Muslims in a "Christian Nation" 108
9 Asante and Kumasi: A Muslim Minority in a "Sea of Paganism" 124
10 Sokoto and Hausaland: Jihad within the Dar al-Islam 139
11 Buganda: Religious Competition for the Kingdom 153
12 The Sudan: The Mahdi and Khalifa amid Competing Imperialisms 169
13 Senegal: Bamba and the Murids under French Colonial Rule 182
Conclusion 197
Glossary 211
Index 215
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