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Title:An Islamic social movement in contemporary West Africa: NASFAT of Nigeria
Author:Soares, Benjamin F.ISNI
Book title:Movers and shakers: social movements in Africa
Editors:Ellis, Stephen
Kessel, Ineke van
Year:2009
Pages:178-196
Language:English
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:Brill
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamic movements
Yoruba
youth
Abstract:This chapter examines a new Islamic organization in Nigeria called NASFAT (Nasr Allah al-Fatih Society of Nigeria) that exhibits some features of a social movement. NASFAT, founded in 1995 by a group of ten young Yoruba men, also clearly illustrates the influence of Pentecostalism on Muslim religious practice with some even referring to the organization as 'Islamic Pentecostalism'. NASFAT's founders intended the organization to be both non-sectarian and non-political. Like some other modern Islamic movements, NASFAT has focused on questions of piety and ethics and has been very active in social and economic activities. However, NASFAT's development of business activities, which it has sought to explicitly link with Islam, has been rather distinctive, helping to define it as an Islamic social movement. Given the limited attention to such contemporary Islamic organizations and social movements, which challenge some conventional terms and categories of analysis of Islam, Muslim youth and social movements, the chapter traces the history of NASFAT and sets it within the larger social and historical context. Notes, ref., sum. [Book abstract]
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