Islam and Authority before the Colonial Period

Benjamin F. Soares

in Islam and the Prayer Economy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622856
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670635 | DOI:
Islam and Authority before the Colonial Period

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This chapter elucidates the social and cultural foundations for the way in which Islam has historically been practiced in this region of West Africa and the relationship of different understandings of Islam to ideas about power and authority before the onset of French colonial rule. It focuses particularly on notions of hierarchy and charisma and emphasizes the centrality of exceptional charismatic leaders, Muslim saints, and and the relationship of such figures to Sufism.

Keywords: Islam; Authority, religious; History, pre-colonial; History, African; History, Islamic; Sufism; Jihad; Tall, Umar

Chapter.  9193 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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