The history of islamic identity in west Africa

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West African Muslims boast more than a millennium of Islamic intellectual history. However, the region's Islamic identity is usually explained in terms of recent political, economic, and social changes, with little recourse to the religious preoccupations of Muslims themselves. This article situates contemporary West African Muslim identity in, and sometimes in conscious opposition to, traditional Islamic sciences such as jurisprudence (fiqh) and Sufism (tasawwuf) continuously transmitted for centuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-23
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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