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Title:The Juggernaut's Apologia: Conversion to Islam in Black Africa
Author:Fisher, Humphrey J.
Year:1985
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:55
Issue:2
Pages:153-173
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:religious conversion
Christianity
Islamic history
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
conversion
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1160299
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1985-055-00-000010
Abstract:The author picks up the thread of his debate with Robin Horton, which began with the publication of Horton's article on African conversion in 'Africa' in 1971. The main point at issue is whether, as Horton believes, the essential patterns of religious development in black Africa, even Christian and Islamic development, are determined by the enduring influence of a traditional cosmology, which arises anew, like the phoenix, from the ashes of colonialism and conversion; or, as the present author argues, a genuine religious transference is possible, unleashing a new force, which is neither quite like any religious expression 'outside' before being transferred in, nor yet the same as anything already 'inside', and which then, like a juggernaut, advances under its own momentum. In defending his hypothesis, the author refers in particular to the development of Islam in black Africa. - Notes, ref., sum. in French.
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