Islamic and Caste Knowledge Practices Among Haalpulaaren in Senegal by Roy Dilley
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Islamic and Caste Knowledge Practices Among Haalpulaaren in Senegal
By Roy Dilley

Islamic and Caste Knowledge Practices Among Haalpulaaren in Senegal

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Islamic and Caste Knowledge Practices Among Haalpulaaren in Senegal by Roy Dilley

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This book examines in historical perspective the hitherto little-studied relationship between Islam and caste among the Haalpulaaren of Senegal. The Islamic uprising of the 1770s, which established a class of Islamic clerics in positions of authority in the Senegal river valley, had long-term consequences for the social relations between clerics and caste groups. The book examines how at different historical junctures attempts were made to negotiate the equalitarian claims of a universalist faith with the expression of social differentiation lying at the heart of caste inequality. While the existing literature focuses on those who established Islam within the region, this present work provides insights into how marginalised artisans, poets and musicians understood themselves and how they responded to a faith which had become the cornerstone of social prestige and status. It analyses the knowledge practices of clerics and of specialised craft groups, arguing that they are crucial for our understanding of social and cultural distinction. This involves a synthesis of historical sources and ethnography, and provides an innovative approach to the study of religious identity and specialist practitioners.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748619900
ISBN-10: 0748619909
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 270
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Roy Dilley

Roy Dilley is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews.

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