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Title:Islam and the State of Kajoor
Author:Colvin, Lucie G.
Year:1974
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:15
Issue:4
Pages:587-606
Language:English
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:jihads
history
Cayor polity
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180992
Abstract:The three unsuccessful jihads against the Wolof state of Kajoor (Senegal) are described as revival and reform movements among a people nearly universally professing Islam, but practising a syncretistic form. The traditional view that these were wars between 'Pagans' and 'Muslims' is seen as a reflection of the social and political isolation of the clerics (most of these clerics were Puular speaking Tukuloor, that is members of the clerical class of neighbouring Fuuta Tooro, who had immigrated and settled in Kajoor) as a community, an understandable but on closer examination misleading interpretation based on uncritical reading of clerical sources. Notes.
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