Part of the Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa Series
Mara A. Leichtman offers an in-depth study of Shi`i Islam in two very different communities in Senegal: the well-established Lebanese diaspora and Senegalese converts from Sunni to Shi`i Islam of recent decades. Sharing a minority religious status in a predominantly Sunni Muslim country, each group is cosmopolitan in its own way. Leichtman provides new insights into the everyday lives of Shi`i Muslims in Africa and the dynamics of local and global Islam. She explores the influence of Hizbullah and Islamic reformist movements, and offers a corrective to prevailing views of Sunni-Shi`i hostility, demonstrating that religious coexistence is possible in a context such as Senegal.
|Publication date:||27th August 2015|
|Author:||Mara A. Leichtman|
|Publisher:||Indiana University Press|
|Categories:||African history, Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography,|
Mara A. Leichtman is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Muslim Studies at Michigan State University. She is editor (with Mamadou Diouf) of New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal: Conversion, Migration, Wealth, Power, and Femininity.More About Mara A. Leichtman