This timely collection offers new perspectives on Muslim-Christian encounters in Africa. Working against political and scholarly traditions that keep Muslims and Christians apart, the essays in this multidisciplinary volume locate African Muslims and Christians within a common analytical frame. In a series of historical and ethnographic case studies from across the African continent, the authors consider the multiple ways Muslims and Christians have encountered each other, borrowed or appropriated from one another, and sometimes also clashed. Contributors recast assumptions about the making and transgressing of religious boundaries, Christian-Muslim relations, and conversion. This engaging collection is a long overdue attempt to grapple with the multi-faceted and changing encounters of Muslims and Christians in Africa.
Muslim-Christian Encounters in Africa
Hassan Ahmed Ibrahim
This is an engrossing analysis of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Mahdī’s initiative to abandon the futile political violence and religious fanaticism of the 19th century historic Mahdiyya. It articulates his alternative constitutional strategy that has placed Neo-Mahdism in the centre stage of Sudanese ...
Beatrice Nicolini. Translated from the Italian by Penelope-Jane Watson
This unique contribution to the growing field of western Indian Ocean studies brings new light and new perspective on the early 19th century expansion of both Omani Sultan and the British. The important role played by the Baluch in East Africa is here discussed thanks to little known archive ...
Edited by Scott S. Reese
This collected volume challenges much of the conventional wisdom regarding the intellectual history of Islamic Africa. In a series of essaays ranging from early modern Africa to the present contributors explore the dynamism of the Muslim learned classes in regard to both purely intellectual ...
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