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Introduction New Perspectives On Islam In Senegal

Conversion, Migration, Wealth, Power, And Femininity

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New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal

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The literature on Islam in Mrica has been dominated by two main tracks: the making of Muslim societies and the “Africanization of Islam.”1 It has tended to reproduce a reductive binary in which the processes of “Africanization” provide content, selecting the local factors that constitute the key drivers in determining the character of Islam in Africa, while the “Islamization of African societies” lays out the structures from which the faith deploys itself. The issues with which scholars engaged were constructed around additional binaries such as universal and local manifestations and appropriations of Islam, literate (doctrinal modes) and magical (imagistic modes) discourses and practices,2 individual religious responsibility and submission to religious leaders, and spirituality and economic and political functions of the brotherhoods.3

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Diouf, M., Leichtman, M.A. (2009). Introduction New Perspectives On Islam In Senegal. In: Diouf, M., Leichtman, M.A. (eds) New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230618503_1

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