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Women, Leadership, and Mosques

Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority


Edited by Masooda Bano and Hilary E. Kalmbach

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.

Between Social Skills and Marketable Skills

The Politics of Islamic Education in 20th century Zanzibar


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.


Edited by 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.

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

, 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

Abbas Aghdassi and Seyed Mohammad Marandi

South Asian, Lebanese, Afghani, (East African) Khoja, Uzbek, and Syrian Shias are among the immigrant Shias about whom very little academic work is available. Not only immigrants but also indigenous and native and/or convert Shias share the same academic negligence. Reviewing the existing few studies on

Texts as Objects of Value and Veneration

Islamic Law Books in the Indian Ocean Littoral

Mahmood Kooria

contemporary coastal areas of South and Southeast Asia and East Africa, with a close attention to the Indian Ocean littoral that binds these regions historically and culturally. 3 Since the majority of Muslims in this coastal belt follow Shāfiʿī school of Islamic law, I zoom into the nuances of this

Seriye Sezen

position (18%), then with eu , Third World countries, Middle-East, Africa, Eurasia. As for the bilateral relations of China, Russia, usa , Japan and Kazakhstan are the most studied countries. Iran, India and Kyrgyzstan follow. Studies on China-Kazakhstan relations deal mainly with energy issues

Nahla al-Huraibi

, and all but one was born in East Africa. The total number of children of the participants is 111, with 62% of them born in the United States. Each interview lasted between two and two and a half hours. Interviews took place throughout 2007. 10 In regards to its educational status, the sample

How Heresy Makes Orthodoxy

The Sedimentation of Sunnism in the Ahmadi Cases of South Africa

Ali Qadir

practices (Interview 10.17.2014). In Nigeria 4 and Somalia ( Adam 1995 ), the Jama”at is often considered as one of many Sufi (mystic) tarīqat [orders]. A large population of Ahmadis is also based in East Africa (over 2.5 million) where, again, they have not faced any undue violence in the twentieth