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Title:Patterns and Peculiarities of Islamic Reform in Africa
Author:Loimeier, RomanISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Volume:33
Issue:3
Pages:237-262
Language:English
Geographic terms:East Africa
Senegal
Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Zanzibar
Sudan
Africa
Subjects:Islamic movements
biographies (form)
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
revival & reform
About persons:Abubakar Mahmud GumiISNI
Cheikh Mouhammed Touré (1925-)ISNI
Abdulla Saleh Farsy (1912-1982)ISNI
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1581849
Abstract:African Muslim societies were characterized, in the 20th century, by the emergence of reformist movements that have gained, since the 1970s, major social, religious and political influence in a number of countries, including Northern Nigeria, Senegal, Zanzibar and Sudan. These movements of reform are, however, not recent phenomena. Rather, they look back to a history of several generations of reformist endeavour and thought that may have been influenced, to a certain extent, by external sources of inspiration. This contribution shows how the biographies of major reformist personalities such as Cheikh Touré in Senegal, Abubakar Gumi in Northern Nigeria and 'Abdallâh Sâlih al-Farsy in East Africa reflect a number of common features of Islamic reform in Africa, while their programmes of reform were shaped, at the same time, by local frame conditions. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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