This book on Islam and Islamic cultures focuses on the practice of Islam among indigenous people of West Africa. The author shows the importance of the sub-region in the development of Islam by documenting the long history of the religion in Black Africa. New ground is broken by analyzing the increasing impact of globalization and economic underdevelopment on the Islamic experience in West Africa.
Lateef Olapade Badru is Professor of Pan African Studies and Sociology at the University of Louisville.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Historical Foundations of Islam; 2. The Four Caliphs of Islam After Prophet Muhammad; 3. Islamic Festivals and Major Practices; 4. Islamic Legal System and Status of Women; 5. The Spread of Islam in West Africa, 800-1900; 6. Islam, Underdevelopment and Poverty in the Periphery; 7. Globalization and Re-Colonization in West Africa; 8. Islamic Leaders in West Africa; 9. Colonialism and Islam in West Africa; 10. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.