Islam and Politics in East Africa used to be first released in 1980. Minnesota Archive variations makes use of electronic know-how to make long-unavailable books once more obtainable, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press editions.
Focusing at the interaction of faith, society, and politics, August Nimtz examines the function of sufi tariqas (brotherhoods) in Tanzania, the place he saw an African Muslim society in the beginning hand. Nimtz opens this ebook with a ancient account of Islam in East Africa, and in next chapters analyzes the position of tariqas in Tanzania and, extra particularly, within the coastal urban of Bagamoyo. utilizing a conceptual framework derived from modern political theories on social cleavages and person pursuits. Nimtz explains why the tariqa is critical within the technique of political change.
The basic cleavage in Muslim East Africa, he notes, is that of "whites" as opposed to blacks. Nimtz contends that the tariqus, in serving the curiosity of blacks (that is, Africans), turned in flip autos for the mass mobilization of African Muslims through the anti-colonial fight. In Bagamoyo he unearths the same technique and, additionally, finds that the tariqas have served African pursuits against these of "whites" as a result of person merits they supply. even as, Nimtz concludes, the social constitution of East African Muslim society has ensured that Africans will be rather interested in those merits. This paintings will curiosity either observers of African political improvement and experts within the Islamic studies.
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