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Title:Shaykh Abdullahi al-Qutbi and the pious believer's dilemma: local moral guidance in an age of global Islamic reform
Author:Reese, Scott S.ISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies (ISSN 1753-1063)
Volume:9
Issue:3
Pages:488-504
Language:English
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:Islam
reform
Islamic movements
Islamic history
About person:Abdallah al-Qutbi (c. 1879 - 1952)
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2015.1082257
Abstract:Using the writings of the religious scholar 'Abdullahi al-Qutbi', this article examines the 'transregional' nature of Muslim reformist discourse in the early twentieth century and the way in which the trajectories of individuals, objects and ideas cut across the largely imaginary boundaries traditionally used to divide the Middle East and Africa. African Muslims have maintained intimate ties with their non-African brethren across space through various intellectual, economic and political relationships throughout the history of Islam. However, they have also remained entwined across time via engagement with the more or less commonly accepted canon of the faith and what Talal Asad has termed the 'discursive tradition'. This essay demonstrates the persistence of these processes through the age of European colonialism into the early twentieth century. But equally important is the way in which the increasingly elaborate and rapid networks of empire created in the nineteenth century facilitated and intensified the interaction of both people and ideas helping create the modern horizontally integrated community of believers. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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