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Title:'To never shed blood': Yacouba Sylla, Félix Houphouët-Boigny and Islamic modernization in Côte d'Ivoire
Author:Hanretta, SeanISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:49
Issue:2
Pages:281-304
Language:English
Geographic term:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Subjects:political history
patronage
Muslim brotherhoods
Sufism
gifts
About persons:Yacouba SyllaISNI
Félix Houphouët-Boigny (1905-1993)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40206643
Abstract:After an ill-fated religious revival, the Sufi teacher Yacouba Sylla and his followers became wealthy and politically influential in post-Second World War Côte d'Ivoire. They argued for an understanding of democratization and development that defined both ideas in terms of their community's own mystical experiences and world-historical significance, rather than in terms of modernity. As a way of making sense of their own past and defending their place in an increasingly tense political environment, these efforts achieved their most explicit articulation in a powerful story about Yacouba Sylla's refusal of a gift from Ivoirian President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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