Pride, Faith and Fear: Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa / Edition 1

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While nearly one in every five people in the world today is Muslim, Islam is spreading most rapidly in Sub-Saharan Africa, where one in three Africans today practices a form of Islam. Sub-Saharan Africa is today home to over 150 million Muslims.
Although immensely varied, African Islam, the authors demonstrate, is defined by three overarching beliefs. First, African Islam is local Islam, with no ordained clergy or international body to regulate doctrine. At the same time, the importance of Islam as a source of communal identity, both within African societies and as part of the worldwide Islamic community, is a defining feature of the African Muslim worldview. Finally, there is a pervasive belief among African Muslims that the West is on a new crusade against Islam.
At a time of growing interest in the worldwide expansion of Islam, the Islamic revival in Africa deserves special attention. With in-depth coverage of Islam in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Pride, Faith, and Fear provides both a general overview of African Islam and a detailed picture of Muslim politics—which are increasingly national politics—in some of Africa's most populous regions.

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"A book like this one is sorely needed. Short, easy to read, and insightful, Pride, Faith and Fear will appeal to a wide academic and popular audience including historians and political scientists, government analysts and journalists, Muslim and Christian leaders, and others."— African Studies Review

"The Quinns' book is a remarkable accomplishment. They have achieved the nearly impossible in presenting a clear analysis of vital current issues combined with the necessary background in a compact and readable volume. Both of the Quinns have extensive experience in Africa and their discussion shows a direct familiarity with real people and concrete events. There simply is no other account of Islam in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa that provides the depth of understanding and the breadth of coverage found in this book."—John O. Voll, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

"The late Charlotte A. Quinn and Frederick Quinn have produced a valuable and most accessible and timely entry into the subject of Islam on the African continent, a subject most often overwhelmed by the strong images of crisis in Africa and the most prevalent stereotypes of Islam circulating beyond Africa and outside Islam. Through a particular focus on the multiple and different facets of Islam's history and practice in five African countries, the Quinns provide an array of well thought through answers for audiences unfamiliar with diversity within Africa and diversity within Islam. The book, which traces the history of Islam on the continent in all its variations from its beginnings through to the post-9/11/2001 era, is a must for introductory courses on Africa and for courses on world religions. This work marks the culmination of a lifetime of distinguished research and writing on Africa and Islam."—David William Cohen, University of Michigan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195063868
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Charlotte A. Quinn was a former senior political analyst for the United States Government and author of Mandingo Kingdoms of the Senegambia. Dr. Frederick Quinn is an independent scholar and author of African Saints and Democracy at Dawn.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Islam in Nigeria: Seeking a Competitive Edge 33
2 Islam in the Sudan: Moving Beyond the Crossroads? 65
3 Islam in Senegal: Maintaining a Delicate Balance 89
4 Eastern Approaches: Islam as a Minority Religion in Kenya 108
5 Different Currents: South Africa's Islamic Minority 126
Conclusion 147
Notes 151
References 163
Index 173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    A must read!

    This book depicts the realities of what is going on in Sub-Saharan Africa. It goes into what the world needs to be aware of and the harsh realities of how Islam can become a powerful force in the world. This book is for the realist thinkers that want only facts.

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