LIVING KNOWLEDGE IN WEST AFRICAN ISLAM

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Living Knowledge In West African Islam

Author : Zachary Valentine Wright
ISBN : 9789004289468
Genre : Religion
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Living Knowledge in West African Islam examines the actualization of religious identity in the Muslim community of Ibrāhīm Niasse (d. 1975, Senegal). The realization of Islam was achieved through the enduring West African practice of learning in the physical presence of exemplary masters.
Category: Religion

The Arts And Crafts Of Literacy

Author : Andrea Brigaglia
ISBN : 9783110541649
Genre : History
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During the last two decades, the (re-)discovery of thousands of manuscripts in different regions of sub-Saharan Africa has questioned the long-standing approach of Africa as a continent only characterized by orality and legitimately assigned to the continent the status of a civilization of written literacy. However, most of the existing studies mainly aim at serving literary and historical purposes, and focus only on the textual dimension of the manuscripts. This book advances on the contrary a holistic approach to the study of these manuscripts and gather contributions on the different dimensions of the manuscript, i.e. the materials, the technologies, the practices and the communities involved in the production, commercialization, circulation, preservation and consumption. The originality of this book is found in its methodological approach as well as its comparative geographic focus, presenting studies on a continental scale, including regions formerly neglected by existing scholarship, provides a unique opportunity to expand our still scanty knowledge of the different manuscript cultures that the African continent has developed and that often can still be considered as living traditions.
Category: History

African Dominion

Author : Michael A. Gomez
ISBN : 9780691177427
Genre : History
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A groundbreaking history that puts early and medieval West Africa in a global context Pick up almost any book on early and medieval world history and empire, and where do you find West Africa? On the periphery. This pioneering book, the first on this period of the region’s history in a generation, tells a different story. Interweaving political and social history and drawing on a rich array of sources, including Arabic manuscripts, oral histories, and recent archaeological findings, Michael Gomez unveils a new vision of how categories of ethnicity, race, gender, and caste emerged in Africa and in global history more generally. Scholars have long held that such distinctions arose during the colonial period, but Gomez shows they developed much earlier. Focusing on the Savannah and Sahel region, Gomez traces the exchange of ideas and influences with North Africa and the Central Islamic Lands by way of merchants, scholars, and pilgrims. Islam’s growth in West Africa, in tandem with intensifying commerce that included slaves, resulted in a series of political experiments unique to the region, culminating in the rise of empire. A major preoccupation was the question of who could be legally enslaved, which together with other factors led to the construction of new ideas about ethnicity, race, gender, and caste—long before colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade. Telling a radically new story about early Africa in global history, African Dominion is set to be the standard work on the subject for many years to come.
Category: History

The Piety Of Learning Islamic Studies In Honor Of Stefan Reichmuth

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ISBN : 9789004349841
Genre : History
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This volume analyzes Islamic teaching philosophies, as well as Sufi networks and practices, since the 18th century in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe. One section presents very personal European encounters with Islam.
Category: History

Jihad Of The Pen

Author : Rudolph Ware
ISBN : 9774168631
Genre : History
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Outsiders have long observed the contours of the flourishing scholarly traditions of African Muslim societies, but the most renowned voices of West African Sufism have rarely been heard outside of their respective constituencies. This volume brings together writings by Uthman b. Fudi (d. 1817, Nigeria), Umar Tal (d. 1864, Mali), Ahmad Bamba (d. 1927, Senegal), and Ibrahim Niasse (d. 1975, Senegal), who, between them, founded the largest Muslim communities in African history. Jihad of the Pen offers translations of Arabic source material that proved formative to the constitution of a veritable Islamic revival sweeping West Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Recurring themes shared by these scholars--etiquette on the spiritual path, love for the Prophet Muhammad, and divine knowledge--demonstrate a shared, vibrant scholarly heritage in West Africa that drew on the classics of global Islamic learning, but also made its own contributions to Islamic intellectual history. The authors have selected enduringly relevant primary sources and richly contextualized them within broader currents of Islamic scholarship on the African continent. Students of Islam or Africa, especially those interesting in learning more of the profound contributions of African Muslim scholars, will find this work an essential reference for the university classroom or personal library.
Category: History

Routledge Handbook Of Africa Asia Relations

Author : Pedro Amakasu Raposo
ISBN : 9781317423010
Genre : Political Science
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The Routledge Handbook of Africa–Asia Relations is the first handbook aimed at studying the interactions between countries across Africa and Asia in a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive way. Providing a balanced discussion of historical and on-going processes which have both shaped and changed intercontinental relations over time, contributors take a thematic approach to examine the ways in which we can conceptualise these two very different, yet inextricably linked areas of the world. Using comparative examples throughout, the chronological sections cover: • Early colonialist contacts between Africa and Asia, • Modern Asia-Africa interactions through diplomacy, political networks and societal connections, • Africa-Asia contemporary relations, including increasing economic, security and environmental cooperation. This handbook grapples with major intellectual questions, defines current research, and projects future agendas of investigation in the field. As such, it will be of great interest to students of African and Asian Politics, as well as researchers and policymakers interested in Asian and African Studies.
Category: Political Science

Journal Of West African History 5

Author : Nwando Achebe
ISBN : 1684300878
Genre : History
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In This Issue Editor's Introduction Nwando Achebe, "When a Bird Builds Its Nest, It Uses the Feathers of Other Birds" Articles Olatunji Ojo, "Performing Trauma: The Ghosts of Slavery in Yoruba Music and Ritual Dance" Henryatta Ballah, "Liberia: A Colonized Nation and the Role of English in that Process" Emmanuel Ababio Ofosu-Mensah, "The Politics of Property Rights: The Case of Akyem Abuakwa, Ghana (1912-1943)" Katrin Schulze, "The Wild Bunch: Cowboy Clubs, Gangs, and Societies in Nigeria" Tony Yeboah, "Phoenix Rise: A History of the Architectural Reconstruction of the Burnt City of Kumase, 1874-1960" Book Reviews Olúfémi Táíwò, Africa Must Be Modern: A Manifesto, reviewed by Andrew Kettler Zachary Valentine Wright, Living Knowledge in West African Islam: The Sufi Community of Ibrahim Niasse, reviewed by David Owusu-Ansah Kate Skinner, The Fruits of Freedom in British Togoland: Literacy, Politics and Nationalism, 1914-2014, reviewed by Kevin E. Grimm
Category: History

Philosophising In Mombasa Knowledge Islam And Intellectual Practice On The Swahili Coast

Author : Kai Kresse
ISBN : 9780748631735
Genre : Social Science
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Philosophising in Mombasa provides an approach to the anthropological study of philosophical discourses in the Swahili context of Mombasa, Kenya. In this historically established Muslim environment, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, philosophy is investigated as social discourse and intellectual practice, situated in everyday life. This is done from the perspective of an 'anthropology of philosophy', a project which is spelled out in the opening chapter. Entry-points and guidelines for the ethnography are provided by discussions of Swahili literary genres, life histories, and social debates. From here, local discourses of knowledge are described and analysed. The social environment and discursive dynamics of the Old Town are portrayed, firstly, by means of following and contextualising informal discussions among neighbours and friends at daily meeting points in the streets; and secondly, by presenting and discussing in-depth case studies of local intellectuals and their contributions to moral and intellectual debates within the community. Taking recurrent internal discussions on social affairs, politics, and appropriate Islamic conduct as a focus, this study sheds light on local practices of critique and reflection. In particular, three local intellectuals (two poets, one Islamic scholar) are portrayed against the background of regional intellectual history, Islamic scholarship, as well as common public debates and private discussions. The three contextual portrayals discuss exemplary issues for the wider field of research on philosophical discourse in Mombasa and the Swahili context on the whole, with reference to the lives and projects of distinct individual thinkers. Ultimately, the study directs attention beyond the regional and the African contexts, towards the anthropological study of knowledge and intellectual practice around the world.
Category: Social Science

Genealogy And Knowledge In Muslim Societies

Author : Sarah Bowen Savant
ISBN : 9780748644988
Genre : Reference
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These case studies link genealogical knowledge to particular circumstances in which it was created, circulated and promoted. They stress the malleability of kinship and memory, and the interests this malleability serves. From the Prophet's family tree to the present, ideas about kinship and descent have shaped communal and national identities in Muslim societies. So an understanding of genealogy is vital to our understanding of Muslim societies, particularly with regard to the generation, preservation and manipulation of genealogical knowledge.
Category: Reference