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Paths of Accommodation: Muslim Societies and French Colonial Authorities in Senegal and Mauritania, 1880: Muslim Societies and French Colonial ... 1880-1920 (Western African Studies) Paperback – 1 Jan 2001


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It is a meticulously researched and stylishly written essay that succeeds in providing a wealth of historical details while maintaining a consistently readable narrative ... it should be read by all those who seek today to understand the vagaries of Islamic politics, both in West/North Africa and in the Middle East. Indeed, there is more to learn from this book, limited though it is to a circumscribed colonial region and period, than from much of what has been written in the last couple of years about so-called Muslim fundamentalism. This volume demonstrates that Islam is also a subtle and eminently adaptable political ideology, which can sustain pragmatic and enlightened visions of the common good in difficult circumstances. Paths of Accommodation is a study of a series of historical cases in which there was not so much a clash of civilizations as a sensible and mutually beneficial arrangement between the seemingly irreconcilable ambitions of aggressive imperialism and the aims of those concerned with the protection of the sacred autonomy of the Muslim umma, or community. The present-day stridency of extremism should not obscure the long history of such accommodation between the West and Islam. - Patrick Chabal in INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS ...an attractive and excellent study that expands and enriches the historiography on the western savanna ... The book is not only well researched, clearly illustrated and well written, but it also gives a good example of the interdisciplinary approach to the reconstruction of African history. It represents a significant addition to our knowledge of Islamic West Africa and French colonialism, and deserves the widest possible circulation. - Alusine Jalloh in JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY

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