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Beyond Jihad: The Pacifist Tradition in West African Islam

Lamin O. Sanneh


Beyond Jihad describes how trans-Saharan trade and traffic facilitated the spread of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa where merchants, rulers, and clerics ensured its successful establishment. From North Africa Islam followed routes and kingdoms to emerge in sub-Saharan Africa where religious professionals undertook the religion’s peaceful propagation. Under al-Hajj Salim Suware, the charismatic pilgrim-scholar who founded the pacifist movement, clerical teaching drew distinctions with jihad and political power to launch the vocation free of political office. Based in civil society, religious pacif ... More

Keywords: kingdoms, transmission, al-Hajj Salim Suware, civil society, pacifism, nationalism, secular ideologies, church, state, extremism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199351619
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lamin O. Sanneh, author
D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity and Professor of History, Yale University