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The Politics of Religious Change on the Upper Guinea Coast: Iconoclasm Done and Undone

Ramon Sarro


This book offers an in-depth analysis of an iconoclastic religious movement initiated by a Muslim preacher among coastal Baga farmers in the French colonial period. With an ethnographic approach that listens as carefully to those who suffered iconoclastic violence as to those who wanted to ‘get rid of custom’, it discusses the extent to which iconoclasm produces a rupture of religious knowledge and identity, and analyses its relevance in the making of modern nations and citizens. The book covers many topics such as the anthropology of religion, iconoclasm, the history and anthropology of West ... More

Keywords: anthropology of religion, Baga farmers, French colonial period, custom, iconoclasm, religious knowledge, religious identity, West Africa, heritage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748635153
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635153.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ramon Sarro, author