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Title:The Salafi praxis of constructing religious identity in Africa: a comparative perspective of the growth of the movements in Accra and Cape Town
Author:Dumbe, YunusISNI
Periodical:Islamic Africa (ISSN 2154-0993)
Geographic terms:Ghana
South Africa
Subjects:Islamic movements
External link:http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.5192/21540993020287
Abstract:This paper examines Salafism as a public discourse and the conditions pertaining to the success of the movement in both Cape Town, South Africa, and Accra, Ghana. Though the Salafis in both countries emerged from different historical and political circumstances, their successes were determined by the novelty people associated with their discourse and other incentives they provided. The study shows disparities in the growth of Salafism in both countries, partly a result of the nature of rapport existing among the various Sufi groups and the extent to which their religious values conform to the Shari'a. The Salafi success in Accra was due to the fact that the debates generated by the 'tarbiya' ideas popularized by Ibrahim Nyass in Ghana created fragmentations within the Tijaniyya and to the fact that ideas stimulated by the leading Tijaniyya have the potential to pull Muslims away from Shari'a values. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]