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Title:Islam in West African Politics: Accommodation and Tension between the 'Ulama' and the Political Authorities
Author:Levtzion, Nehemia
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Geographic term:Mali
Songhai polity
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
External link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1978.2380
Abstract:A short analysis of the process of integrating Muslims into chiefly courts shows that the interaction between the 'ulama' and the political authorities was conditioned not only by the level of learning of the former or the degree of islamization of the latter. Then the author elaborates, still in a general and comparative approach, some features and variants in the relationship between Muslims and chiefs in the pre-jihad States. A more detailed study follows of one of the best documented cases of the role of 'ulama' in politics, that of the Sankore 'ulama' of Timbuktu and their relationship with the political authorities of Songhay. The paper concludes with the theme of accommodation and tension between the 'ulama' and the political authorities in the post-jihad and the colonial periods. Notes.