The history of islamic identity in west Africa

Zachary Valentine Wright*

*Corresponding author for this work

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)18-23
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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