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Title:Muslim religious leadership in post-colonial Mozambique
Author:Bonate, Liazzat J.K.ISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Volume:60
Issue:4
Pages:637-654
Language:English
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:Islam
leadership
politics
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02582470802635711
Abstract:Based on archival and fieldwork research, this paper outlines in its first part the history of the formation of various types of Muslim religious leadership in Mozambique during precolonial and colonial periods. Islam in Mozambique, especially in the northern part of the country, existed among Africans long before the arrival of the Portuguese in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It was linked to the world of Swahili, i.e. the East African coast and the Comoros, from the time of its formation. However, European colonial expansion drove the immigration of Indian Muslims from the Portuguese territories of Gujarat, India, and later from British East Africa. How the resulting social, ideological, and racial differences among this leadership have been reflected and played out in relation to the State, competing Muslim religious groups, and international Islamic organizations in postcolonial Mozambique, is the focus of the second part of this article. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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