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Title:The birth of a ritual: the politics of innovation in Dyula islam
Author:Launay, RobertISNI
Periodical:Savanna: A Journal of the Environmental and Social Sciences
Geographic term:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Islamic movements
revival & reform
Abstract:The invention of a new marriage ritual by a Moslem Dyula scholar and its performance in Koko Quarter (Korhogo, Ivory Coast) within a traditional framework poses the problem of the validity of the opposition between religious tradition and innovation. The modern Dyula of Koko have lost their 19th century monopolies of both trade and Islam in town, but their ethnic identity is still associated with their religion. their cohensiveness is threatened both by the so-called Wahabbi religious movement appealing to traders, and by secularism among civil servants. Traditional younger scholars have sought a popular following by emphasising elements of Islamic practice stressing community membership hip; the new marriage ritual is perhaps the most extreme example of a traditionalist innovation. Politicians in their search for popular support are natural allies for such younger scholars, however, the extent of their commitment to new rituals is limited by the risk to their credibility. Notes, figure.