By John Glover
The Murid order, based in Senegal within the latter a long time of the 19th century, grew right into a significant Sufi order through the colonial interval and is now one of the such a lot recognizable of the Sufi orders in Africa. Murids have unfold the voice of Islam and Africa in live performance halls and at the airwaves via pop singers -- specifically Youssou N'Dour -- and clone of Shaykh Amadu Bamba M'Backé, the founding saint of the order, frequently used to grace the covers of works touching on Islam, African tradition, abolition, and eu colonization. during this insightful and revealing learn, John Glover explores the way within which a Muslim society in West Africa actively created a notion of modernity that displays its personal old know-how and identification. Drawing from Murid written and oral ancient assets, Glover conscientiously considers how the Murid order on the collective and person degrees has navigated the intersection of 2 significant old forces -- Islam, particularly within the contexts of reform and mysticism, and eu colonization -- and completed within the procedure an realizing of modernity now not as an unwilling witness yet as an lively player. finally, Sufism and Jihad in sleek Senegal offers the reader with a brand new portrait of a society that has used its proposal of modernity to conform and include extra old adjustments into its id as an African Sufi order. John Glover is affiliate Professor of background on the college of Redlands in southern California.
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