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Islamic society and state power in Senegal : disciples and citizens in Fatick / Leonardo A. Villalon
Bib ID 599855
Format BookBook
Author
Villalon, Leonardo Alfonso, 1957-
 
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Description Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995 
xix, 338 p. : map ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0521460077 (hardback)
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African studies series ; 80.

Summary

The Sufi Muslim orders to which the vast majority of Senegalese belong are the most significant institutions of social organization in the country. While studies of Islam and politics have tended to focus on the destabilizing force of religiously based groups, Leonardo Villalon argues that in Senegal the orders have been a central component of a political system that has been among the most stable in Africa. Focusing on a regional administrative center, he combines a detailed account of grassroots politics with an analysis of national and international forces to examine the ways in which the internal dynamics of the orders shape the exercise of power by the Senegalese state. This is a major study that should be read by every student of Islam and politics as well as of Africa.

Full contents
  • Map of Senegal
  • Introduction: good Africans, good citizens, good Muslims
  • 1. Islam in the politics of state-society relations
  • 2. The structure of society: Fatick in the Senegalese context
  • 3. The state-citizen relationship: struggle over bridges
  • 4. The marabout-disciple relationship I: foundations of recruiting and following
  • 5. The marabout-disciple relationship II: the structures of allegiance
  • 6. The state-marabout relationship: collaboration, conflict, and alternatives
  • 7. Bureaucrats, marabouts, and citizen-disciples: how precarious a balance?
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 314-331) and index.

Subjects Islam and state -- Senegal -- Fatick (Region)  |  Tijaniyah -- Senegal -- Fatick (Region)  |  Senegal -- Politics and government.

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