Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa

Authors: Soares, B., Otayek, R.

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Political liberalization and economic reform, the weakening of the state, and increased global interconnections have all had profound effects on Muslim societies and the practice of Islam in Africa. The contributors to this volume investigate and illuminate the changes that have occurred in Africa, through detailed case studies.

About the authors

BENJAMIN F. SOARES is a Researcher in the African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.

RENÉ OTAYEK is a political scientist and Director, Centre d'Etude d'Afrique Noire, Bordeaux, France.

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'The timely interest of Islam in politics and in the international arena needs no emphasis in the context of the post 9/11 world. While much attention has been focused on these issues by academics and policymakers, sub-Saharan African has been largely ignored. This volume is thus a very welcome addition to the literature, filling a real need in terms of close, research-based accounts of the dynamics of Islam in a wide range of countries.' - Leonardo Villalón, Director, Center for African Studies, University of Florida

'The general subject of Islam and sub-Saharan Africa is in desperate need of an interdisciplinary and comparative study like this. This volume makes a significant contribution in this direction, and will be particularly valuable for scholars and students of African studies and Islamic studies, and policymakers in the region and beyond.' - Abdullahi An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory Law School

'This excellent collection of case studies fills an important gap in our understanding of African Muslims' engagement with political life in an era of globalization and political and economic liberalization. They present a fascinating picture of the range of African Muslim participation in the political arena, while challenging conventional assumptions about Islam in Africa. These essays will enable a wider audience to appreciate the diversity and complexity of Islam and political practice among one-fifth of the world's Muslims.' - Richard Joseph, Professor of Political Science and African Studies, Northwestern University


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa

    Otayek, René (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • Islam in Mauritania Between Political Expansion and Globalization: Elites, Institutions, Knowledge, and Networks

    Salem, Zekeria Ould Ahmed

    Pages 27-46

  • Global Concerns, Local Realities: Islam and Islamism in a Somali State Under Construction

    Renders, Marleen

    Pages 47-63

  • Transformations of Islam and Communal Relations in Wallo, Ethiopia

    Abbink, Jan

    Pages 65-83

  • Aid, Umma, and Politics: Transnational Islamic Ngos in Chad

    Kaag, Mayke

    Pages 85-102

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa
Authors
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-60710-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230607101
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7963-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7964-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 280
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