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Title:New Muslim public figures in West Africa
Author:Soares, BenjaminISNI
Book title:Islamic education in Africa: writing boards and blackboards
Geographic terms:West Africa
Islamic movements
Abstract:The author examines a new generation of Muslim public intellectuals, new stars of mass media in Mali and Senegal, none of whom were educated in the secular state system but who have attempted to synthesize classical and modernizing styles of Islamic teaching and preaching: Chérif Ousmane Madani Haidara and Penda from Mali, and Sidy Lamine Niasse from Senegal. Penda, a woman born and educated in Saudi Arabia, is reputed for her knowledge of Islamic esoteric sciences (or magic, 'asrar' in Arabic) - that is, those secret practices that remain central to what it is to be Muslim to most Malians and Senegalese, but that are considered illicit in a Salafist interpretation of Islam. The author emphasizes that these new public figures of West-African Islamic reform can only be understood within their own context. All too often, modern education and learning are assumed to be 'package' leading to a predetermined end point. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]