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Between Learning and Piety: Student Activism and Religious Movements in Sahelian Universities

Leonardo A. Villalón & Mamadou Bodian (Eds)

Between Learning and Piety: Student Activism and Religious Movements in Sahelian Universities

Linking together new studies based on original research, Between Learning and Piety brings us up to date on the evolution of Islam and Christianity among university students in the countries of the Sahel. It reveals the cleavages and conflicts between groups, and analyzes their oral, written and sartorial markers of identity and modes of performance. The book thus provides powerful insights into the influence of religion on this emerging elite, and examines the two questions fuelling religious activism in universities: the significance of claiming a Muslim or a Christian identity, and the ways in which modernity both shapes and is formed by the two religions. This book is essential reading if we are to understand the changing nature of the terrible crises that have led the Sahel region to turn on itself.

Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Family Professor of African Studies, Columbia University, USA

Often neglected or poorly understood by foreign analysts, Sahelian universities are sites of intense debates on national identity, and of important negotiations around religiosity and ethnicity. This collection brings together the work of eminent specialists from the region to provide a rich and comparative perspective, drawn from their collaborative efforts and rooted in their original research in the field. The book will be essential reading for all researchers, analysts, and policy makers who focus on the Sahel. These contributions will greatly assist in understanding the experiences and the priorities of a generation of young activists and leaders who will mark the region for many years to come.

Alex Thurston, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Cincinnati, USA

 

Author Details

Leonardo A. Villalón est professeur de politique africaine et Doyen du Centre international de l’Université de Floride aux États-Unis, où il coordonne également le Sahel Research Group. Il a publié de nombreux ouvrages sur l’islam et les dynamiques sociopolitiques au Sahel. Il a publié de nombreux ouvrages sur l’islam et les dynamiques sociopolitiques au Sahel, et il est l’éditeur du prochain Oxford Handbook of the African Sahel.

Mamadou Bodian est titulaire d’un PhD de l’Université de Floride, États-Unis. Ses recherches portent sur la sécurité, les systèmes électoraux, ainsi que sur la religion et la réforme de l’éducation dans les pays francophones du Sahel. Il est actuellement chercheur pour le programme Sahel/Afrique de l’Ouest du Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) en Suède.

Contributors

Mamadou Ballo, Mamadou Bodian, Mamadou Lamine Dembélé, Ladiba Gondeu, Koudbi Désiré Kaboré, Abakar Walar Modou, Elemine Ould Mohamed Baba Moustapha, Benjamin Soares, Magloire Somé, Abdoulaye Sounaye, Leonardo A. Villalón.

9782359260908 PB

9782359260915 E

234 mm x 156 mm, 224pp, 2020

Price: Price: $35 • £30 • €35 • CFA15000

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Last edited: 15 09 2020