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Title:Wails and whispers: The people's voice in West African Muslim politics
Author:Cruise O'Brien, D.B.ISNI
Book title:Political domination in Africa: Reflections on the limits of power
Editor:Chabal, Patrick
Series:African Studies Series; 50
City of publisher:Cambridge
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Geographic term:West Africa
Church and State
Abstract:The political operation of Muslim institutions in West Africa is considered, and related to the democratic process broadly understood, in the form of a reduction into three types. First is the type of traditional Islam or the Sufi 'mystical tradition'. Second is Muslim reformism, strongest in the urban centres. The third type is that of revolutionary Islam, which includes both traditional apocalyptic Mahdism and African reactions to the recently prominent Iranian model. Notes, ref. (p. 188-190).