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Author Hanretta, Sean, 1972-

Title Islam and social change in French West Africa : history of an emancipatory community / Sean Hanretta
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 311 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series African studies ; 110
African studies series ; 110
Contents Introduction ---- Part One. "The Suffering of Our Father": Story and Context. 1. Sufism and Status in the Western Sudan --- 2. Making a Revival: Yacouba Sylla and His Followers --- 3. Making a Community: The "Yacoubists" from 1930 to 2001 ---- Part Two. "I Will Prove to You That What I Say Is True": Knowledge and Colonial Rule. 4. Ghosts and the Grain of the Archives --- 5. History in the Zawiya: Redemptive Traditions ---- Part Three. "What Did He Give You?": Interpretation. 6. Lost Origins: Women and Spiritual Equality --- 7. The Spiritual Economy of Emancipation --- 8. The Gift of Work: Devotion, Hierarchy, and Labor --- 9. "To Never Shed Blood": Yacouba, Houphouet, and Côte d'Ivoire ---- Conclusions
Summary Exploring the history and religious community of a group of Muslim Sufi mystics who came largely from socially marginal backgrounds in colonial French West Africa, this study shows the relationship between religious, social, and economic change in the region. It highlights the role that intellectuals - including not only elite men, but also women, slaves, and the poor - played in shaping social and cultural change and illuminates the specific religious ideas on which Muslims drew and the political contexts that gave their efforts meaning. In contrast to depictions that emphasize the importance of international networks and anti-modern reaction in twentieth-century Islamic reform, this book claims that, in West Africa, such movements were driven by local forces and constituted only the most recent round in a set of centuries-old debates about the best way for pious people to confront social injustice. It argues that traditional historical methods prevent an appreciation of Muslim intellectual history in Africa by misunderstanding the nature of information gathering during colonial rule and misconstruing the relationship between documents and oral history. -- Description from (April 24, 2012)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Sylla, Yacouba, 1906-1988 -- Influence.
Islam -- Social aspects -- Africa, West -- History -- 20th century.
Islam -- Africa, West -- History -- 20th century.
Muslims -- Africa, West -- History -- 20th century
Religious communities -- Africa, West -- History -- 20th century.
Social change -- Africa, West -- History -- 20th century.
Social justice -- Africa, West -- History -- 20th century.
Sufis -- Africa, West -- History -- 20th century.
Africa, West -- Colonial influence.
Africa, West -- Religious life and customs.
Africa, West -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
France -- Colonies -- Africa -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008043636
ISBN 0511514352 (ebook)
0511516657 (electronic bk.)
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