Details zu 10.14361/9783839454855-006

Olga Torres Díaz
Islamic Fundamentalism Framing Politics in Mali: From the Middle Ages to the Age of Pandemic
DOI: 10.14361/9783839454855-006
The centuries-long path of mutualistic relationship between political power and Islam in Mali is represented by two fundamentalist tendencies clearly discernible until today, deeming that as fundamentalist tis the call to return to an Arabised Islamic orthodoxy that cyclically reappears in the country as the reputed syncretism of the popular Islam that is considered characteristic of the area. Under this assumption, this chapter will examine certain milestones in this historical coalescence that could foster the comprehension of current movements – personified by imams and preachers such as Mahmoud Dicko and Sheikh Madani Hadara – now that the emergence of the Wahabi trend has begun to compete again with the prevalent traditional Malian Islam in modulating the orientation of the government. The same traits and stages that characterised the original penetration of Islam in the area may now be identified in the Wahabi infiltration of recent years.