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

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Indiana University Press, Aug 27, 2015 - History - 320 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Locating Cosmopolitan Shii Islamic Movements in Senegal
1
Part 1 The Making of a Lebanese Community in Senegal
21
Part 2 Senegalese Conversion to Shii Islam
143
Glossary
243
Notes
247
References
259
Index
281
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About the author (2015)

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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