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Title:The Arrival of Islam in Malawi and the Muslim Contribution to Development
Author:Sicard, S.v.
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Geographic term:Malawi
Religion and Witchcraft
Development and Technology
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/713680359
Abstract:Islam in Malawi has passed through at least three stages. The first stage, stretching up to the proclamation of the British protectorate in 1889, was marked by the penetration of the coastal Swahili, some Arabs and a few Indians. The second period, coinciding with the protectorate, falls into two parts. A considerable expansion of Islam took place from the 1890s to around 1920 as a reaction to what was perceived by Muslims as the threat of European cultural and religious domination. From 1921 onwards, the 'turuq' or Sufi religious orders played an important role in the formation of the community. The third period, beginning with independence in 1964, has been marked by the emergence of a new generation of Muslims who have gone through an educational system which has prepared them to play their part as Muslims in the contemporary world. The paper also pays attention to the Muslim religious orders in Malawi and Muslim organizations and their contributions to development. Bibliogr., notes, ref.