Approaches to the Qur'an in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Approaches to the Qur'an in Sub-Saharan Africa. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198840770. Covering a period from the eighteenth century to the early twenty-first century, this multidisciplinary volume examines Muslim engagements with the Qur'an in a variety of geographical locations in sub-Saharan Africa including Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania. The volume's twelve case studies use different frameworks and methodological approaches from the academic disciplines of philology, historiography, anthropology, and art history. These studies explore a variety of media and modalities that Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa, as elsewhere, use in their engagements with the Qur'an. These include: manuscripts; commentaries; translations; recitations and invocations; music and poetry; magical squares and symbolic repertoire; medicinal and curative acts; textiles, ink, paper, and wooden boards; spaces of education, healing and prayer, as well as spaces of dreams and spirit worlds. As such, the case studies move well beyond the materiality of the Qur'an as a physical book to explore the ways in which the Qur'an is understood, felt and imagined, as well as the contestations and debates that arise from these diverse engagements.

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Approaches to the Qur'an in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Zulfikar Hirji

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Dmitry Bondarev, Andrea Brigaglia, Gerard C. van de Bruinhorst, Joseph Hill, Zulfikar Hirji, Ruba Kana'an, Kjersti Larson, Adeline Masquelier, Susan J. Rasmussen, Ryan Thomas Skinner, Tal Tamari, Farouk Topan

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