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Author: Knut Graw

Literatur/Book Reviews / Die Welt des Islams 49 (2009) 122-161 137 The Global Worlds of the Swahili: Interfaces of Islam, Identity and Space in 19 th and 20 th - Century East Africa . By Roman Loimeier & Rüdiger Seesemann (eds.). Berlin: Lit 2006 (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung Vol. 26). x + 409

In: Die Welt des Islams
The acceptance of female leadership in mosques and madrassas is a significant change from much historical practice, signalling the mainstream acceptance of some form of female Islamic authority in many places. This volume investigates the diverse range of female religious leadership present in contemporary Muslim communities in South, East and Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America, with chapters discussing its emergence, the limitations placed upon it, and its wider impact, as well as the physical and virtual spaces used by women to establish and consolidate their authority. It will be invaluable as a reference text, as it is the first to bring together analysis of female Islamic leadership in geographically and ideologically-diverse Muslim communities worldwide.

, i-g. Wir hoffen, dass der ausgezcichnete Kenner des Athiopischen und Arabischen uns noch weitere Werke dieser Art schenken wird. Otto Spies (Bonn) Otto Spies (Bonn) LITERATUR G. S. P. Freeman-Grenville: The East African Coast. Select Documents from the first to the earlier nineteenth century

In: Die Welt des Islams
The Politics of Islamic Education in 20th century Zanzibar
Author: Roman Loimeier
The present volume is a pioneering study of the development of Islamic traditions of learning in 20th century Zanzibar and the role of Muslim scholars in society and politics, based on extensive fieldwork and archival research in Zanzibar (2001-2007). The volume highlights the dynamics of Muslim traditions of reform in pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Zanzibar, focussing on the contribution of Sufi scholars (Qādiriyya, ʿAlawiyya) as well as Muslim reformers (modernists, activists, anṣār al-sunna) to Islamic education. It examines several types of Islamic schools (Qurʾānic schools, madāris and “Islamic institutes”) as well as the emergence of the discipline of “Islamic Religious Instruction” in colonial government schools. The volume argues that dynamics of cooperation between religious scholars and the British administration defined both form and content of Islamic education in the colonial period (1890-1963). The revolution of 1964 led to the marginalization of established traditions of Islamic education and encouraged the development of Muslim activist movements which have started to challenge state informed institutions of learning.
Editor: Scott Reese
In a series of essays this collected volume challenges much of the conventional wisdom regarding the intellectual history of Muslim Africa. Ranging from the libraries of Early Modern Mauritania and Timbuktu to mosque lectures in contemporary Mombasa the contributors to this collection overturn many commonly accepted assumptions about Africa's Muslim learned classes. Rather than isolated, backward and out of touch, the essays in this volume reveal Muslim intellectuals as not only well aware of the intellectual currents of the wider Islamic world but also caring deeply about the issues facing their communities.

the rest from Turkey, Pakistan and East Africa ( Interview 3 2013 ). Due to the large Muslim student population, there was a demand for religious education. However, the school chose not to offer religious education because there was an understanding that schools in Malaysia, which offered religious

In: Sociology of Islam
Author: Roman Loimeier

ignores the fact that Islam looks back in sub-Saharan Africa to a history of more than 1000 years, in particular, in sub-Saharan West Africa, in Ethiopia, on the Horn and on the East African coast. Muslim scholars from those regions have contributed massively to the emergence of multiple traditions of

In: Die Welt des Islams

collaboration with Brigitte Reinwald, Jan-Georg Deutsch, Katrin Bromber and Ravi Ahuja. I received very useful insides from the many lively discussions with them and with other fellows of the Centre, and I am especially grateful for Katrin Bromber’s comments on East Africa, as well as those from Ulrike Freitag

In: Die Welt des Islams
Author: A. Chanfi Ahmed

because Zanzibar in East Africa and Chad in Central and West Africa represent, in an ideal- typical way, black African spaces on which Arabo-Islamic civiliza- tion left a distinct imprint. After 1840, when Zanzibar became the capital of the Omani-Zanzibari sultanate, the island and its then dependencies

In: Die Welt des Islams
Author: Franz Kogelmann

). A further article discusses the problem of a practicable conceptualisation of space and time in social and historical research (Reinfeld). A series of studies on the phenomenon of translocality in East Africa discussed in this article— coast and islands—tend to confirm the notion of “seascape”. e

In: Die Welt des Islams