History Of Islam In Africa by Nehemia Levtzion, Randall L. Pouwels

By Nehemia Levtzion, Randall L. Pouwels

Choice extraordinary educational name, 2000

The heritage of the Islamic religion at the continent of Africa spans fourteen centuries. For the 1st time in one quantity, The heritage of Islam in Africa provides an in depth historical mapping of the cultural, political, geographic, and non secular previous of this crucial presence on a continent-wide scale. Bringing jointly dozen major students, this entire paintings treats the historic improvement of the faith in every one significant sector and examines its effects.

with out assuming previous wisdom of the topic at the a part of its readers, The heritage of Islam in Africa is damaged down into discrete parts, each one dedicated to a specific position or subject and every written through specialists in that specific area. The introductory chapters research the vital “gateways” from in another country wherein Islam generally has inspired Africans. the next components current overviews of Islamic heritage in West Africa and the Sudanic region, and in subequatorial Africa. within the ultimate part, the authors talk about very important issues that experience had an effect on Muslim groups in Africa.

Designed as either a reference and a textual content, The background of Islam in Africa can be an important software for libraries, students, and scholars of this growing to be field.

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Other students ofIbn Idris would become the founders of brotherhoods in Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea; thus, Ibn Idris's mystical treatises became influential not only in Libya, Chad, and Niger, but also in eastern Africa. The Ottomans in Cyrenaica abandoned their initial suspicions after they had assured themselves of the immense learning of al-Sanusi; it was more advantageous for them to deal with one man seeking to maintain order than with hundreds of tribes playing hide-and-seek and disrupting the security of the country.

In Guinea, Sekou Toure's policies found expression in an official document, issued in 1959, that called on the populace to fight marabouts and other forms of mystification and exploitation. Mter 1970, however, Toure changed strategy and used Islam to legitimize his regime. His speeches became loaded with Islamic themes. Both Wahabi and sufi groups alike enjoyed his support (chapter 9). In northern Nigeria until 1966, the political competition was between two Muslim political parties. Seeking to preserve the integrity of the northern emirates, the ruling NPC advocated gradual modernization through education and economic development.

Armenians traveled from their homeland in Iran all over the littoral of the ocean, and far inland. Everywhere they traveled they found hospitality from fellow Armenians. Jews were to be found all around the shores of the ocean, and especially on the west coast of India. Muslim merchants traveled and traded far and wide. From bases in Egypt or southern Arabia, their reach extended all around the shores of the ocean, and as far as China: indeed, Patricia Risso considers that their fortunes in faraway China influenced importantly their activities in the ocean.

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