Muslim Societies in Africa

Muslim Societies in Africa

A Historical Anthropology
Roman Loimeier
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/17/2013
Format: Hardback 18 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-00788-9
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Muslim Societies in Africa provides a concise overview of Muslim societies in Africa in light of their role in African history and the history of the Islamic world. Roman Loimeier identifies patterns and peculiarities in the historical, social, economic, and political development of Africa, and addresses the impact of Islam over the longue durée. To understand the movements of peoples and how they came into contact, Loimeier considers geography, ecology, and climate as well as religious conversion, trade, and slavery. This comprehensive history offers a balanced view of the complexities of the African Muslim past while looking toward Africa’s future role in the globalized Muslim world.

Author Bio

Roman Loimeier is Associate Professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Göttingen. He is author of Between Social Skills and Marketable Skills: The Politics of Islamic Education in Twentieth Century Zanzibar and Islamic Reform and Political Change in Northern Nigeria.


“A masterly synthesis of scholarship on Islam and Muslim societies in Africa by one of the leading scholars in the field.”
 — Robert Launay, Northwestern University

“A comprehensive introductory history of Muslim Africa at once accessible to students and filled with scholarly insights in various registers.”
 — John H. Hanson, Indiana University Bloomington

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Geographical and Anthropological Setting
1. Is there an African Islam?
2. The bild al-maghrib: Rebels, saints and heretics
3. The Sahara as connective space
4. Dynamics of Islamization in the bild al-sÙdn
5. The dynamics of jihd in the bilÁd al-sÙdÁn
6. Islam in Nubia and Funj
7. Egyptian colonialism and the MahdÐ in the Sudan
8. Ethiopia and Islam
9. Muslims on the Horn of Africa
10. The East African Coast
11. Muslims in Cape Town: Community and Dispute
12. Muslims under Colonial Rule
Glossary of Arabic terms

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