The Sufi Muslim orders are the most significant institutions in Senegalese society. While Islamic political groups are often accused of destabilizing African states, Leonardo Villalón argues that these brotherhoods have played a crucial part in making Senegal one of the most stable and democratic of African countries. Focusing on a regional administrative center, he combines a detailed account of grassroots politics with an analysis of national and international political forces. This is a major study that should be read by every student of Islam and African politics.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||African Studies Series , #80|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)|
Table of Contents
List of tables; Acknowledgments; A note on spelling; Glossary; Map of Senegal; Introduction: good Africans, good citizens, good Muslims; 1. Islam in the politics of state-society relations; 2. The structure of society: Fatick in the Senegalese context; 3. The state-citizen relationship: struggle over bridges; 4. The marabout-disciple relationship I: foundations of recruiting and following; 5. The marabout-disciple relationship II: the structures of allegiance; 6. The state-marabout relationship: collaboration, conflict and alternatives; 7. Bureaucrats, marabouts and citizen-disciples: how precarious a balance?; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.