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Title:Revolution, modernity and (trans)national Shi'i Islam: rethinking religious conversion in Senegal
Author:Leichtman, Mara A.ISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Volume:39
Issue:3
Pages:319-351
Language:English
Geographic terms:Senegal
Iran
Subjects:Islam
religious conversion
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157006609X461456
Abstract:The establishment of a Shi'i Islamic network in Senegal is one alternative to following the country's dominant Sufi orders. The author examines Senegalese conversion narratives and the central role played by the Iranian Revolution, contextualizing life stories (trans)nationally in Senegal's political economy and global networks with Iran and Lebanon. Converts localize foreign religious ideologies into a 'national' Islam through the discourse that Shi'i education can bring peace and economic development to Senegal. Senegalese Shi'a perceive that proselytizing, media technologies, and Muslim networking can lead to social, cultural and perhaps even political change through translating the Iranian Revolution into a non-violent reform movement. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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