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Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town

Benjamin Soares


In a work that challenges the notion that fundamentalism is an appropriate analytical frame for understanding Muslim societies, Benjamin Soares explores different, and often seemingly contradictory, ways of being Muslim in Mali. In an innovative combination of anthropology, history, and social theory, he traces the transformations in ideas about Islam and authority and conventions of religious practice in a major Islamic religious centre from the late nineteenth century, through French colonial rule, and in the postcolonial period. Drawing on extensive ethnography, archival research, and writt ... More

Keywords: Islam, West Africa, History, Anthropology, Colonialism, French, Postcolonial studies, Sufism, Islamism, Religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748622856
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Soares, author