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Islam in Mali in the Neoliberal Era (2006)

in: African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society, Volume 105, Issue 418, p. 77-95

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Abstract

If before 11 September 2001, many praised Mali as a model of democracy, secularism & toleration, many have now begun to express concern about the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Mali. I consider a number of recent public debates in Mali over morality, so-called women's issues, & the proposed changes in the Family Code & show how the perspectives of many Malians on these issues are not new but rather relate to longstanding & ongoing debates about Islam, secularism, politics, morality & law. What is new is the way in which some Muslim religious leaders have been articulating their complaints & criticisms. Since the guarantee of the freedom of expression & association in the early 1990s, there has been a proliferation of independent newspapers & private radio stations & new Islamic associations with a coterie of increasingly media-savvy activists. I explore how some Muslim activists have used such outlets to articulate the concerns of some ordinary Malians, who face the contradictions of living as modern Muslim citizens in a modernizing & secularizing state where, in this age of neoliberal governmentality, the allegedly un-Islamic seems to be always just around the corner. References. Adapted from the source document.

Keywords

Governmentality, Islam, Mali, Religion Politics Relationship, Associations, Contradictions, Morality, Muslims

Languages

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press, UK

ISSN: 1468-2621

DOI

10.1093/afraf/adi090