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Title:Religious Freedom under International Mandate: The Case of French Togo Muslims: 1922 to World War II
Author:Lasisi, Rashid O.
Periodical:Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs
Geographic term:Togo
mandated territories
freedom of religion
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02666958708716023
Abstract:After World War I, the allied and associated powers designed the League of Nations' Mandate system for the conquered territories in Africa. One way to achieve the aim of the system, viz, the promotion of the 'well-being and development' of the population of the mandated territories, was to guarantee freedom of religion. The present paper examines the execution of the agreement as it affected Muslims in the mandated territory of French Togo. It shows that Togolese Muslims suffered disadvantages in the areas of employment, education, land use, and the legal system. The French attitude towards Togolese Muslims is attributed to two factors: unlike Muslims in Nigeria and French West Africa, Togolese Muslims did not exhibit open or potential religious fanaticism; and the economic insignificance of northern Togo, where most Muslims lived. Ref.