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Beyond the stream : Islam & society in a West African town

Author: Robert Launay
Publisher: Long Grove, IL : Waveland Press, 2004.
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Robert Launay has been observing the changing religious practices of the Dyula, a Muslim community in West Africa, for more than a decade. In Beyond the Stream, he examines the ways in which this religious and ethnic minority group living on the fringes of the Muslim world maintains its ties to the universal Islamic tradition while adapting everyday religious practices to the local context. Through the lens of this  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Launay
ISBN: 1577663438 9781577663430
OCLC Number: 57379025
Description: xxvii, 258 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface --
Ch. 1. The One and the Many --
Ch. 2. Beyond the Stream --
Ch. 3. A Muslim Minority --
Ch. 4. Pedigrees and Paradigms --
Ch. 5. The Ritual Arena --
Ch. 6. The Birth and Demise of a Ritual --
Ch. 7. One Who Knows --
Ch. 8. Sufism Degree Zero --
Ch. 9. Sacrifices --
Ch. 10. Universals and Particulars --
Notes --
Glossary --
Bibliography --
Index.
Other Titles: Islam & society in a West African town
Responsibility: Robert Launay.

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Robert Launay has been observing the changing religious practices of the Dyula, a Muslim community in West Africa, for more than a decade. In Beyond the Stream, he examines the ways in which this religious and ethnic minority group living on the fringes of the Muslim world maintains its ties to the universal Islamic tradition while adapting everyday religious practices to the local context. Through the lens of this specific community, Launay elucidates the interaction between fundamental Islamic beliefs, anchored historically in the Arab Middle East, and the continually changing ways that Islam is lived, wherever it is professed. By focusing on the tension between "particular" and "universal"{u2014}on how a given religious morality must function simultaneously within a tightly knit community and a larger global arena{u2014}Beyond the Stream addresses issues of broad concern to the anthropology of Islam and to world religions generally.

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