Sharia or Shura: Contending Approaches to Muslim Politics in Nigeria and Senegal (Hardback)
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Sharia or Shura: Contending Approaches to Muslim Politics in Nigeria and Senegal (Hardback)

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Hardback 196 Pages / Published: 01/08/2013
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Although Muslims in northern Nigeria and Senegal share a common Islamic background in the Sufi tradition, the societies differ in their attitudes and approaches to public affairs. This book provides explanations for the divergence using factors such as the pre-colonial and colonial experiences; socio-political structures of the nation-states; and the structures and forms of Muslim brotherhoods and organizations.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739175644
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 237 x 158 x 19 mm


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This rare book exemplifies the best in comparative politico-religious analyses to capture differences in violent and pacifist Muslim (Sufi) responses, as tools to negotiate space(s) and resources in Northern Nigeria and Senegal, respectively. Professor Mahmud ably traces these contrasting Muslim experiences to historical junctures- colonial policies and outcomes, leadership, organizational structures of Sufi Brotherhoods, as well as the role of post-colonial states. It is a carefully researched and eloquently written book that reminds us of Islam's non-violent Jihadist tradition - an aspect of Islam too often forgotten or ignored in pursuit of the Global War on Terror. -- Abdoulaye Saine, Miami University
The author must be praised for producing the first comparative study of two important West African Muslim societies. -- Ousmane Kane, Harvard University

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