Women and Islamic Revival in a West African Town

ISBN-10: 0253215137

ISBN-13: 9780253215130

Edition: 2009

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Description: In the small town of Dogondoutchi, Niger, Malam Awal, a charismatic Sufi preacher, was recruited by local Muslim leaders to denounce the practices of reformist Muslims. Malam Awal's message has been viewed as a mixed blessing by Muslim women who have seen new definitions of Islam and Muslim practice impact their place and role in society. This study follows the career of Malam Awal and documents the engagement of women in the religious debates that are refashioning their everyday lives. Adeline Masquelier reveals how these women have had to define Islam on their own terms, especially as a practice that governs education, participation in prayer, domestic activities, wedding customs, and who wears the veil and how. Masquelier's richly detailed narrative presents new understandings of what it means to be a Muslim woman in Africa today.

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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 10/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Gender and Islam in Dogondoutchi
"Those Who Pray": Religious Transformations in the Colonial and Early Postcolonial Period
Debating Muslims, Disputed Practices: The New Public Face of Islam
When Charisma Comes to Town: Malam Awal or the Making of a Modern Saint
Building a Mosque in the Home of a Spirit: Changing Topographies of Power and Piety
How Is a Girl to Marry without a Bed? Weddings, Wealth, and Women's Value
Fashioning Muslimhood: Dress, Modersty, and the Construction of the Virtuous Woman
"The Fart Does Not Light the "Fire": "Bad" Women, "True" Believers, and the Reconfiguration of Moral Domesticity
Closing Remarks
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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