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Title:A prospect of secularization? Muslims and political power in Mozambique today
Author:Morier-Genoud, EricISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal for Islamic studies
Volume:27
Pages:240-275
Language:English
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:Islam
political elite
religious policy
Abstract:This article looks at Islam and politics in Mozambique. Islam has experienced an exemplary turnabout in the country since the late 1980s. It has been transformed from a marginalized, and at times oppressed, religion into a socially and publicly important faith. What have been the consequences of this transformation? How did Muslims make use of their progress? And what was the reaction of those in political power? Did Muslims integrate into the elite in power, and can a reconfiguration of the national hegemonic bloc be identified? The article demonstrates that while Muslims were integrated in various political institutions after 1994, the party in power evicted all militant religious men from its party and from political positions after the year 2000. It only retained secular Muslims in its ranks. The article evaluates the impact of this change and concludes with the hypothesis of a consequent secularization of politics. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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