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Routledge Handbook of Islam in Africa

Edited by: Terje Østebø

Print publication date:  December  2021
Online publication date:  December  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367144234
eBook ISBN: 9780367144241
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780367144241
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Book description

Bringing together cutting-edge research from a range of disciplines, this handbook argues that despite often being overlooked or treated as marginal, the study of Islam from an African context is integral to the broader Muslim world.


Challenging the portrayal of African Muslims as passive recipients of religious impetuses arriving from the outside, this book shows how the continent has been a site for the development of rich Islamic scholarship and religious discourses. Over the course of the book, the contributors reflect on:

  • The history and infrastructure of Islam in Africa
  • Politics and Islamic reform
  • Gender, youth, and everyday life for African Muslims
  • New technologies, media, and popular culture.


Written by leading scholars in the field, the contributions examine the connections between Islam and broader sociopolitical developments across the continent, demonstrating the important role of religion in the everyday lives of Africans.

This book is an important and timely contribution to a subject that is often diffusely studied, and will be of interest to researchers across religious studies, African studies, politics, and sociology.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The “traveling scholar” in African Islamic traditions Download PDF
Chapter  3:  An overview of Islamic literature in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Pathways and formations of “African Sufism” Download PDF
Chapter  5:  A historiography of Sub-Saharan African mosques Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Sufi shrines as material space Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Qur'an school and trajectories of Islamic education Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Muslim–Christian relations in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Islam and the question of gender Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Islam and politics in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Jihadism in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  12:  African Salafism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Dynamics of reform in Sub-Saharan Africa Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Fayda-Tijaniyya and Islamic reform in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Africa Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Reform in the discourse of Islam and the making of Muslim subjects Download PDF
Chapter  16:  People's quest for well-being Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Islam, Muslim life-worlds, and matters of the everyday Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Muslim youth and lived experiences of Islam Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Popular culture in Muslim Africa Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Media, the digital, and new connections Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Beyond the invisible Muslims label Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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