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Islam and the Prayer EconomyHistory and Authority in a Malian Town$
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Benjamin Soares

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622856

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622856.001.0001

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Islam and Authority before the Colonial Period

Islam and Authority before the Colonial Period

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(p.25) 1 Islam and Authority before the Colonial Period
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Islam and the Prayer Economy
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Benjamin F. Soares

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622856.003.0002

This chapter elucidates the social and cultural foundations for the way in which Islam has historically been practiced in this region of West Africa and the relationship of different understandings of Islam to ideas about power and authority before the onset of French colonial rule. It focuses particularly on notions of hierarchy and charisma and emphasizes the centrality of exceptional charismatic leaders, Muslim saints, and and the relationship of such figures to Sufism.

Keywords:   Islam, Authority, religious, History, pre-colonial, History, African, History, Islamic, Sufism, Jihad, Tall, Umar

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