Islam, Muslim life-worlds, and matters of the everyday

Authored by: Kjersti Larsen

Routledge Handbook of Islam in Africa

Print publication date:  December  2021
Online publication date:  December  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367144234
eBook ISBN: 9780367144241
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The merging of Islam and complementary religious universes has been a recurrent topic in anthropological research in Africa. Studies of such local manifestations of Islam have centered oral and performative dimensions, generating a focus on Islam as embodied and lived. Attentive to lived religion and the ways religious learning and practice surface in contexts of daily life, this chapter explores African Muslim life-worlds by considering the potency of locally engendered conceptions of reality and Salafi-inspired reformism and, in turn, how these interconnect with contemporary sociopolitical processes.

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