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Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa (Hardback)
  • Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa (Hardback)

Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 07/11/2007
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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.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403979636
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


'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 Villalon, 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

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