Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad: The Precolonial State of Bundu

Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad: The Precolonial State of Bundu

by Michael A. Gomez, Gomez Michael a.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521419409

ISBN-13: 9780521419406

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Bundu is an anomaly among the precolonial Muslim states of West Africa. Founded during the Jihads which swept the savannah in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it developed a pragmatic policy, unique in the midst of fundamentalist, theocratic Muslim states. Its founder, Malik Sy, set the state on a distinctive course, and the ruling Fulbe group kept its…  See more details below

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Bundu is an anomaly among the precolonial Muslim states of West Africa. Founded during the Jihads which swept the savannah in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it developed a pragmatic policy, unique in the midst of fundamentalist, theocratic Muslim states. Its founder, Malik Sy, set the state on a distinctive course, and the ruling Fulbe group kept its distance from subsequent Islamic revolutionary movements and tolerated the diverse religious and social practices of its Soninke, Malinke, and Wolof subjects. Located in the Upper Senegal and with access to the Upper Gambia, Bundu played a critical role in regional commerce and production and reacted quickly to the stimulus of European times. Drawing upon a wide range of sources both oral and documentary, Arabic, English, and French, Dr Gomez provides the first full account of Bundu's history. He analyses the foundation and growth of an Islamic state at a crossroads between the Saharan and trans-Atlantic trade, paying particular attention to the relationship between Islamic thought and court policy, and to the state's response to militant Islam in the early nineteenth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521419406
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
African Studies Series, #75
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Notes on spelling
1Introduction1
2Malik Sy and the origins of a pragmatic polity32
3Consolidation and expansion in the eighteenth century52
4External reforms and internal consequences: Futa Toro and Bundu74
5The reassertion of Sissibe integrity86
6Structure of the Bundunke almaamate100
7Struggle for the Upper Senegal Valley110
8Al-hajj Umar in Bundu120
9The age of Bokar Saada137
10Mamadu Lamine and the demise of Bundu152
11Conclusion175
Appendices183
Notes199
Bibliography230
Index241

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