Islam and the Prayer Economy

Islam and the Prayer Economy

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At a time when so-called fundamentalism has become the privileged analytical frame for understanding Muslim societies past and present, this study offers an alternative perspective on Islam. In an innovative combination of anthropology, history, and social theory, Benjamin Soares explores Islam and Muslim practice in an important Islamic religious centre in West Africa from the late nineteenth century to the present. Drawing on ethnography, archival research, and written sources, Soares provides a richly detailed discussion of Sufism, Islamic reform, and other contemporary ways of being Muslim in Mali and offers an original analytical perspective for understanding changes in the practice of Islam more generally.In those places in Mali where Hamawis have control of the imamate, Hamawis do pray in a Friday mosque. As indicated above, most Sunni Muslims in the world see Friday communal prayers as obligatory. But the colonial administration never anbsp;...

Title:Islam and the Prayer Economy
Author:Benjamin F. Soares
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press - 2005


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