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Title:Dispute over Islamic funeral rites in Mozambique: 'A demolidora dos prazeres' by Shaykh Aminuddin Mohamad
Author:Bonate, Liazzat J.K.ISNI
Periodical:Le Fait Missionnaire: Social Sciences and Missions
Geographic term:Mozambique
Religion and Witchcraft
Development and Technology
History and Exploration
Abstract:In his book 'A demolidora das prazeres' ('A demolisher of the pleasures', 1993), the Mozambican Islamic scholar Shaykh Aminuddin Mohamad Ibrahimo deals, amongst others, with the Islamic concepts of death and life in the hereafter. He provides his insights into one of the long-standing historical debates in Mozambique over funeral rites, and what is permitted or forbidden. Most of the critique of the book is directed against the funeral practices of the Sufi orders, especially the Qadiriyya. The Shaykh criticizes them from a religious standpoint, using the Wahhabi language, as well as from a rational modernist position. In short, Shaykh Aminuddin Mohamad asserts himself as a 'legitimate' Islamic authority in the face of competition from the 'traditional' African Islam represented by the person of a Muslim chief, embodying the spiritual world of the ancestors, and from the Sufi order. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]