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Muslim Societies in African History

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Part of New Approaches to African History

  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521826273

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  • This book examines a series of processes (Islamization, Arabization, Africanization) and case studies from the Muslim societies of Africa over the last thousand years. In contrast to traditions suggesting that Islam did not take root in Africa, David Robinson depicts the complex struggles of Muslims throughout the continent: in Morocco and the Hausaland region of Nigeria; the "pagan" societies of Ashanti (Ghana) and Buganda (Uganda); and the ostensibly Christian state of Ethiopia. "Further reading" sections suggest how undergraduate readers can pursue research, and illustrations and maps supplement the text.

    • A concluding chapter offers reflections on the Muslim world in Africa in the wake of September 11, 2001
    • Non-technical language, clear case-studies and maps and illustrations make Muslim societies in Africa understandable to undergraduates
    • Suggestions for further reading included
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Undoubtedly, the importance of this publication goes beyond its uniqueness as the first undergraduate textbook to cover the historical spread and appropriation of Islam in Africa in such a comprehensive manner....The greatest strength of Robinson's case studies lies in the questions they raise, questions that are still acutely relevant to Muslim communities today and are at the center of global debates about Islam, both inside and outside Muslim communities."-Rahma Bavelaar,

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521826273
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction: the Foundations:
    1. Muhammad and the birth of Islam
    2. The basic institutions of the faith
    Part II. Explorations in the Islamic Identities of Africa:
    3. The Islamization of Africa
    4. The Africanization of Islam
    5. Muslim identity and the Slave Trades
    6. Western views of Africa and Islam
    Part III. Extended Case Studies: Muslim Societies in Old Nation-States of Africa:
    7. Morocco: Muslims in a Muslim nation
    8. Ethiopia Muslims in a Christian nation
    Part IV. Muslim Societies in Pre-Colonial Africa:
    9. Asante and Kumasi: a Muslim minority in a sea of Paganism
    10. Sokoto and Hausaland: Jihad within the Dar al-Islam
    Part V. Muslim Societies in Colonial Africa:
    11. Buganda: religious competition for the Kingdom
    12. The Mahdi and competing imperialisms
    13. The Muridiyya: a Sufi Brotherhood under French Colonial rule

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Pre-Modern Africa
  • Author

    David Robinson, Michigan State University

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