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Title:Islamism and Islamic research in Africa
Author:Hodgkin, E.ISNI
Year:1990
Periodical:Islam et sociétés au Sud du Sahara
Issue:4
Pages:73-130
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:Islamic studies
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Abstract:In this essay the author studies the specificity of the Islamic revival in Africa, compares the influences of the wider Islamic world and the local situation on the spread of Islamism, and the channels of its communication. There are common characteristics of Islamism throughout Africa, but there are also great differences both in the agents of Islamic reform, the application of ideology to the specific situation, and in its political and economic manifestations; these differences exist not only between different countries but also between different regions of the same country. To what extent is this because, although the original ideology of any Islamist movement is in more or less violent reaction against the traditions of Islam within a country, the movements are themselves consciously or unconsciously bound in and unable to escape from those traditions? The second half of the study considers the effect of the Islamic revival on Islamic research in Africa. The author assesses how far the politicization of religion has affected the directions of research in Africa, not only through anti-Islamists who accept the agenda to discuss the Islamic State or the meaning of passages of the Koran rather than the problems of development, but also among Islamist theoreticians who have taken a limited defensive or aggressive stance. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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