Lynne Rienner Publishers
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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.
About the Author
William F.S. Miles is professor of political science at Northeastern University.
Table of Contents
West African Islam: Emerging Political Dynamics
Niger: Islamist Identity and the Politics of Globalization
Nigeria: The Quest for a Viable Religious Option
Mali: Accommodation or Coexistence?
Mauritania: The Clash of Authoritarianism and Ethnicity
The Gambia: Islam and Politics
Senegal: Islamism on a Sufi Landscape
West Africa Transformed: The New Mosque-State Relationship