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Title:Towards an 'Islamic Policy' in French West Africa, 1854-1914
Author:O'Brien, Donal C.
Year:1967
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:8
Issue:2
Pages:303-316
Language:English
Geographic terms:French-speaking Africa
West Africa
France
Subjects:Islam
colonialism
religious policy
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/179485
Abstract:From 1854 to the turn of the century there was no consistent or systematic 'Islamic policy' for the French colonial possessions. There were however, certain patterns of administration, which gave a new impetus to the spread of Islam in West Africa. The definition of a general policy towards Islam was marked by the creation of the Service des Affaires Musulmanes et Sahariennes (Paris 1900) and of the Service des Affaires Musulmanes (Dakar 1906), together with the works of Le Chatelier, Arnaud et Marty. The article also deals with the renewed fear of Islam, which affected France, with the intensification of pan-Islamic propaganda from Turkey immediately before the First World War, and with the change in policy which resulted. Notes.
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