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Title:Prayer and military activity in the history of Muslim Africa South of the Sahara
Author:Fisher, H.J.ISNI
Year:1971
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:12
Issue:3
Pages:391-406
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:Islam
religious rituals
defence
history
prayer
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181040
Abstract:Deals with the significance, in the historical development of Muslim tropical Africa, of Muslim prayer. Particularly significant are, next to the ceremonial function of prayer, in the military context its instrumental and disciplinary functions. The discipline of Muslim prayer is strict, and has sometimes underpinned military discipline. This is illustrated through a discussion of the various stages of an hypothetical military campaign with examples of instrumental and disciplinary prayer at each stage. These forms of prayer had a considerable practical significance for the discipline, the morale, the discouragement of the enemy, and the inspiration of later generations. Notes, summary.
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