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Muslim Societies in African History

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This book examines a series of processes (Islamization, Arabization, Africanization) and case studies from the Muslim societies of Africa over the last thousand years. In contrast to traditions suggesting that Islam did not take root in Africa, David Robinson depicts the complex struggles of Muslims throughout the continent: in Morocco and the Hausaland region of Nigeria; ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2004)
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Bubba
Oct 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sufism, islam, africa
A good intro to Islam in Africa. The author intended it for undergrads, but this old grad learned plenty from it. It does have some elementary stuff on Muhammad and the 5 pillars, but it also takes various case studies (the Mahdi in the Sudan, the Murids in Senegal, etc.) and puts them in the context of larger trends of conversion and practice. A good read.
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Robinson is concerned with the processes of Islamization of societies, Arabization, and the Africanization of of Islam.
Hildegart
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Good overview of Islamic societies in African history. It does not go in depth, so if you are looking for extensive history, you will need to look elsewhere.
Habeeb Akande
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book is rich in its examination of the process of islamisation, arabisation of Africa. Well worth the read to students of African and Islamic history
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Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
A solid introductory book to Muslim Societies in Africa. Gives a basic introduction to the religion and examines various case studies in which Islam has shaped African societies.
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