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Title:Islam, development and African identity: The case of West Africa
Author:Clarke, Peter B.ISNI
Book title:Religion, development and African identity
Editor:Petersen, Kirsten Holst
Year:1987
Pages:125-143
Language:English
Series:Seminar Proceedings; 17
City:Uppsala
Publisher:Scandinavian Institute of African Studies
Geographic terms:West Africa
Nigeria
Senegal
Subjects:African identity
Islam
development
conversion
Abstract:In many West African countries there has been a great deal of opposition to among other things the disintegrating, alienating consequences of Western models and conceptions of progress and development, whether advanced by Europeans or by African leaders. Increasingly it has been argued that Islam alone can offer a political and economic model of development which will ensure genuine progress in all spheres of life while safeguarding African identity. This article examines the appeal of Islam in West Africa, particularly Nigeria and Senegal, discussing theoretical problems in the explanation of African conversion to Islam. Ref.
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