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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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Colonialism and After

Colonialism and After

(p.44) 2 Colonialism and After
Islam and the Prayer Economy

Benjamin F. Soares

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the history of Nioro du Sahel in Mali as a socio-political and religious space in the aftermath of the French colonial conquest, the development of colonial policies toward Islam and Muslims (‘la politique musulmane’), and some of the major political economic changes associated with colonial rule. Changes in understandings of Islam and its practices in this setting can only be understood in relation to some of the complex social transformations that began under colonial rule and have continued in the postcolonial period.

Keywords:   History, Colonial, Colonialism, French, Mali, West Africa, Islam, Religion, African Traditional, Jihad, Tijaniyya

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