Islam and Decolonization in Africa: The Political Engagement of a West African Muslim Community

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Abstract: Narratives of African decolonization mostly revolve around Western-education African elites. Religious communities were not, however, entirely marginalized by discourses surrounding decolonization, such as pan-Africanism and African nationalism. The followers of Shaykh Ibrāhīm Niasse (Senegal, d. 1975) represent a significant Islamic political engagement at the moment of African decolonization. Islam became a spiritual weapon of liberation and a source for African solidarity that both worked within and transcended post-colonial political realities.