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Shi'i Cosmopolitanisms in Africa Lebanese Migration and Religious Conversion in Senegal

by Mara A. Leichtman

Part of the Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa Series

Shi'i Cosmopolitanisms in Africa Lebanese Migration and Religious Conversion in Senegal Synopsis

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.

Shi'i Cosmopolitanisms in Africa Lebanese Migration and Religious Conversion in Senegal Press Reviews

This book provides an original and timely analysis of the dynamics of religion and race in transnational migration. . . . Leichtman's book is sure to make an impact on African studies but should be read by non- Africanists as well. * Journal of West African History * [Leichtman's] volume is a theoretically packed, historically grounded and ethnographically rich exploration into minority religious communities and their migrations. * Journal of Modern African Studies * In popular and media portrayals of Islam, images of fundamentalism and global terrorism obscure more everyday understandings of the varied lives of Muslims around the world. Mara Leichtman's engaging book on Shi'ism in Senegal is a refreshing antidote. * American Ethnologist * This book is highly recommended for anyone with interest in African and Middle Eastern Affairs, Islam and Religious Studies, and Peace Studies. * African Studies Quarterly *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253015990
Publication date: 27th August 2015
Author: Mara A. Leichtman
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: African history, Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography,

About Mara A. Leichtman

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.

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