Political Islam in West Africa

Political Islam in West Africa : State-Society Relations Transformed

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Long before the September 11 attacks galvanized Western attention on what has variously been called political Islam, Islamic fundamentalism, and Islamism, African nations with sizeable Muslim populations were experiencing significant transformations in the relationship between religion and state. Political Islam in West Africa explores those ongoing transformations in key countries of the Sahel region. Each country chapter provides both historical context and an examination of the changing nature of domestic politics and foreign policy in the post - September 11 world. Introductory and concluding chapters provide additional context and highlight overarching themes. A notable feature of the book is a comprehensive bibliography of Islamism in West Africa.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 225 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 18mm | 521.64g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • maps
  • 1588265277
  • 9781588265272

About William F. S. Miles

William F.S. Miles is professor of political science at Northeastern University. His numerous publications on Africa include Hausaland Divided: Colonialism and Independence in Nigeria and Niger and Elections in Nigeria: A Grassroots Perspective.show more

Table of contents

West African Islam: Emerging Political Dynamics - W.F.S. Miles.; Niger: Islamist Identity and the Politics of Globalization - R.B. Charlick.; Nigeria: The Quest for a Viable Religious Option - R. Loimeier.; Mali: Accommodation or Coexistence? - V. Le Vine.; Mauritania: Clash of Authoritarianism and Ethnicity - C. Jourde.; The Gambia: Islam and Politics - M.N. Darboe.; Senegal: Shades of Islamism on a Sufi landscape - L.A. Villalon.; West Africa Transformed: The New Mosque-State Relationship - W.F.S. Miles.show more

Review quote

"This volume begins to fill a large gap in the literature on political Islam.... The country studies provide a clear sense of the dramatic transformations that are occurring in West African politics and the practice of Islam." - Linda Beck, University of Maine, Farmington "A unique contribution.... Leading scholars in the field explore the changing role of Islam in state society relations in predominantly Muslim West Africa." - Ousmane Kane, Columbia University"show more