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Title:'Native' conversion to Islam in southern Côte d'Ivoire: the perils of double identity
Author:Miran-Guyon, MarieISNI
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa (ISSN 0022-4200)
Geographic term:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
religious conversion
minority groups
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/15700666-12341225
Abstract:This article explores the versatile interface between Islam, ethnic geography, and nationalism in colonial and postcolonial Côte d'Ivoire through the lens of men and women who are at one and the same time self-fashioned (southern) 'natives' and Muslim adepts, or 'native' Muslims. It focuses on what is effectively an invisible and silent minority within southern native groups and the northern Dioula Muslim society alike: a community that has barely received any attention from social scientists despite the transformative impact of its slow but steady Islamization. The article first sheds light on the colonial emergence of Muslim 'autochtones' and the socioreligious and political aspects of this group's development. Given that the group is situated at the crossroads of various ethnic, national, and religious controversies, having enflamed Côte d'Ivoire in olden days as much as in recent years, the article uses its distinct prism to question the contested Ivoirian interface between Islam, ethnic geography, and nationalism at large. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]