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Title:Constructing arguments and institutions of Islamic belonging: M.O. Abbasi, colonial Tanzania, and the Western Indian Ocean world, 1925-61
Author:Brennan, James R.ISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:55
Issue:2
Pages:211-228
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:Islam
associations
intellectuals
Asians
colonial period
About person:M.O. Abbasi
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853714000012
Abstract:The article explores the intellectual life and organizational work of an Indian Muslim activist and journalist, M.O. Abbasi, a largely forgotten figure who nonetheless stood at the centre of colonial-era debates over the public role of Islam in mainland Tanzania. His greatest impact was made through the 'Anjuman Islamiyya', the territory's leading pan-Islamic organization that he co-founded and modeled on Indian modernist institutions. The successes and failures of Abbasi and the 'Anjuman Islamiyya' demonstrate the vital role played by Western Indian Ocean intellectual networks, the adaptability of transoceanic, pan-Islamic organizational structures, and, ultimately, the limits imposed on pan-Islamic activism by racial politics in colonial Tanzania. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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