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Title:Muslim proselytization as purification: Religious pluralism and conflict in contemporary Mali
Author:Soares, Benjamin F.ISNI
Book title:Proselytization and communal self-determination in Africa
Editor:Na'im, A.A.a.
Year:1999
Pages:228-245
Language:English
City of publisher:Maryknoll, NY
Publisher:Orbis Books
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:Islam
religious conversion
biographies (form)
conversion & proselytization
About person:Sidy Modibo Kane Diallo
Abstract:This chapter first discusses the nature of religious pluralism in Mali, highlighting some of the practices that many Muslims find objectionable and that, therefore, are a major source of tension between Islam and Muslims, on the one hand, and traditional religions and their practitioners, on the other. The author then considers the proselytization activities of one of Mali's most celebrated, contemporary Muslim religious leaders, Sidy Modibo Kane (1925-1996), examining the actual mechanisms of his campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s to spread Islam among non-Muslims and to extirpate allegedly un-Islamic practices, most notably spirit possession, as well as some of the intended and unintended consequences of such proselytization efforts. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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