West African 'Ulama' and Salafism in Mecca and Medina: Jawab al-Ifrigi -- The Response of the African.
West African 'Ulama' and Salafism in Mecca and Medina: Jawab al-Ifrigi -- The Response of the African
Islam in Africa; Volume 17
Ahmed studies the lives of a number of West African 'ulama' from northern Nigeria, Mali, and Mauritania who, after seeing the defeat of the Muslim jihad against European colonizers during the 19th and 20th centuries, emigrated to Mecca and Medina. They were not working toward an international Islamic project, he argues, but were performing da'wa, the Islamic duty of missionary work or propaganda, which for them was to spread Wahhabism--the version of Islam they came to embrace and that they regarded as the only correct and valid doctrine. He also contends that Ibn Sa'ud used their presence to portray his Wahhabi-Salafi project as a revival of Islam worldwide rather than a revival of the people of Najd, as is so often propagated. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)