The Heritage of Islam: Women, Religion, and Politics in West Africa

The Heritage of Islam: Women, Religion, and Politics in West Africa

The Heritage of Islam: Women, Religion, and Politics in West Africa

The Heritage of Islam: Women, Religion, and Politics in West Africa

Synopsis

The authors explore the impact of Islam on the lives of West African women, particularly those in Nigeria and Senegal. Focusing on whether or not Islam acts as a barrier to women in the process of social change and development, they address a series of important questions. Is the pattern of training and education different for Muslim and non-Muslim girls? What is the domestic life of a Muslim woman like? How do Muslim women fare in the economy, both in the labour force and in the informal sector? Do Muslim women act as a poltical group, and are they involved in politics in ways different from the political participation of other West African women? In short, how is a Muslim woman's life different from that of her animist or Christian counterpart?
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