Pride, Faith, and Fear: Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa

Hardcover | November 15, 2002

byCharlotte A. Quinn, Frederick Quinn

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While nearly one in every five people in the world today is Muslim, Islam is spreading most rapidly in Sub-Saharan Africa, where one in three Africans today practices a form of Islam. Sub-Saharan Africa is today home to over 150 million Muslims. Although immensely varied, African Islam, the authors demonstrate, is defined by three overarching beliefs. First, African Islam is local Islam, with no ordained clergy or international body to regulate doctrine. At the same time, the importance of Islam as a source of communal identity, bothwithin African societies and as part of the worldwide Islamic community, is a defining feature of the African Muslim worldview. Finally, there is a pervasive belief among African Muslims that the West is on a new crusade against Islam. At a time of growing interest in the worldwide expansion of Islam, the Islamic revival in Africa deserves special attention. With in-depth coverage of Islam in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Pride, Faith, and Fear provides both a general overview of African Islam and a detailed picture ofMuslim politics--which are increasingly national politics--in some of Africa's most populous regions.

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While nearly one in every five people in the world today is Muslim, Islam is spreading most rapidly in Sub-Saharan Africa, where one in three Africans today practices a form of Islam. Sub-Saharan Africa is today home to over 150 million Muslims. Although immensely varied, African Islam, the authors demonstrate, is defined by three over...

Dr. Charlotte A. Quinn was a former senior political analyst for the United States Government and author of Mandingo Kingdoms of the Senegambia. Dr. Frederick Quinn is an independent scholar and author of African Saints and Democracy at Dawn.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 5.51 × 8.39 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195063864

ISBN - 13:9780195063868

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"The Quinns' book is a remarkable accomplishment. They have achieved the nearly impossible in presenting a clear analysis of vital current issues combined with the necessary background in a compact and readable volume. Both of the Quinns have extensive experience in Africa and their discussionshows a direct familiarity with real people and concrete events. There simply is no other account of Islam in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa that provides the depth of understanding and the breadth of coverage found in this book."--John O. Voll, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding