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Beyond the stream : Islam and society in a West African town /
Robert Launay.
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
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xvii, 258 p.
ISBN
0520077180 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
isbn
0520077180 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
3201747
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"One of the most important contributions to the study of Muslim societies we have seen in many years."--Charles Stewart, University of Illinois
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-09:
Sophisticated analysis turns this study of the relation between Islam and religion in a northern Cote d'Ivoire town into a critique of "West African Islam" and a study of the nature of choice, change, and culture. Rejecting theories of religion like globalism/particularism as teleological or offering only simplistic either/or characterizations, Launay examines a complex social reality where, at any one time, an individual has many social roles and multiplex as well as single-stranded social relations. Religious identity is only one of many roles, but a potent one, because religion poses moral questions about how the individual and community should behave. For the most part, people are able to straddle contradictory and inconsistent roles, but at times, religious rituals or ceremonies bring them face to face with such contradictions and the moral and self-interested demands of various rights and obligations. Individuals confirm or deny social relations not only because of self-interest but also because the decision is the moral or "right" choice, and because the choice affects not just one relationship but many others. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty; professional. E. P. Brown; formerly, George Mason University
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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"--on how a given religious morality must function simultaneously within a tightly knit community and a larger global arena-- Beyond the Streamaddresses issues of broad concern to the anthropology of Islam and to world religions generally.
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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. InBeyond 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"--on how a given religious morality must function simultaneously within a tightly knit community and a larger global arena--Beyond the Streamaddresses issues of broad concern to the anthropology of Islam and to world religions generally.
Table of Contents
Preface
The One and the Manyp. 1
Beyond the Streamp. 36
A Muslim Minorityp. 49
Pedigrees and Paradigmsp. 77
The Ritual Arenap. 104
The Birth and Demise of a Ritualp. 132
One Who Knowsp. 149
Sufism Degree Zerop. 179
Sacrificesp. 196
Universals and Particularsp. 220
Notesp. 231
Glossaryp. 241
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 253
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