Go to AfricaBib home

Go to AfricaBib home Islam in Africa Go to database home

bibliographic database

Line
Previous page New search

The free AfricaBib App for Android is available here

Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Local rulers in North Cameroon: the interplay of politics and conversion
Author:Schilder, KeesISNI
Year:1993
Periodical:Afrika Focus
Volume:9
Issue:1-2
Pages:43-72
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:Islam
religious conversion
Mundang
traditional rulers
conversion
politics
Link:https://doi.org/10.21825/af.v9i1-2.5779
Abstract:This article analyses the conversion to Islam of indigenous chiefs in North Cameroon. The chiefs in question belong to the Mundang ethnic group, amongst whom the author carried out anthropological fieldwork in 1988-1990 and 1992. Their Islamization is interpreted as an outcome of the ambivalence brought about by their intermediary role between the demands and aspirations of the local population, and the power relations at play in the wider society, characterized by a certain degree of Fulbe hegemony. This approach offers insights relevant for the connection between conversion and the political career ambitions of the chiefs in the context of the formation of a regional power bloc on the eve of independence, the relations between Islam and ethnic identity, and the popular legitimacy of conversion. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
Views