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Title:Practicing Sufism: Sufi politics and performance in Africa
Editor:Hannoum, AbdelmajidISNI
Year:2016
Pages:254
Language:English
Series:RoutledgeCurzon Sufi series
City:Abingdon
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:113864918X; 9781138649187; 9781315625935
Geographic terms:Africa
Morocco
Algeria
Egypt
Sudan
Senegal
Mali
Nigeria
Subjects:Sufism
Islam
saints
About persons:Yacouba Sylla
Bilal b. Rabah (-ca641)
Muhammad Mutawalli al-Ša'rawi (1911-1998)ISNI
Abstract:What is often called popular Islam in Africa is mostly Sufism, with its variety of cultural forms. Some historians argue that the history of Islam in Africa is mostly a history of Sufism, and that Sufism in Africa differs in practices as well as in doctrines from Sufism elsewhere. This collective volume is more about African Sufism than about Sufism in Africa, and concentrates on two main aspects: politics and performance. The aspect of politics highlights paradigms of sanctitiy on the basis of historical and textual analysis. The aspect of performace rather takes an ethnographic approach, focusing on interactions between performance and audience, and discussing Sufi performances in terms of transformation of the self. Contributions: Semiotics of sufism; or how to become a saint (Abdelmajid Hannoum); The path of sainthood: structure and danger (Abdallah Hammoudi); Sufi eschatology and hagiography as responses to colonial repression (Cheikh A. Babou); Gender and agency in the history of a West African Sufi community: the followers of Yacouba Sylla (Sean Hanretta); Historical perspectives on the domed shrine in the Nilotic Sudan (Neil McHugh); Genealogies of 'orthodox' Islam: the Moroccan 'gnawa' religious brotherhood, 'blackness' and the figure of Bilal ibn Rabah (Amanda E. Rogers); The promise of sonic translation: performing the festive sacred in Morocco (Deborah A. Kapchan); The visual performative of Senegalese Sufism (Allen F. Roberts and Mary Nooter Roberts); A Darfur-Doha encounter and a Sufi mystic's whirling for peace (Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf); Rethinking the distinction between popular and reform sufism in Egypt: an examination of the 'mawlid' of Muhammad Mitwalli Sha'rawi (Jacquelene Brinton). [ASC Leiden abstract]

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