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Title:The historiography of Islam in West Africa: an anthropologist's view
Author:Soares, BenjaminISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:55
Issue:1
Pages:27-36
Language:English
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:Islam
Sufism
anthropology
historiography
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853713000819
Abstract:In this article, the author focuses on the historiography of Islam in West Africa whilst also reflecting on and assessing existing scholarship in the broader field of the study of Islam in Africa. His position as an anthropologist conducting historical research gives him the perspective necessary in evaluating the current state of the field. The author makes various suggestions for directions in which he thinks future research might move in order to advance our understanding of Islam and Muslim societies and the history of religious life in Africa more generally. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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