First published in 1980, this second edition of Islam in Tropical
Africa presents specialist studies of the history and sociology of
Muslim communities in Africa south of the Sahara. The studies cover
an extensive and range of time and place, and include consideration
of particular aspects of Muslim belief and practice in regions such
as Senegal and Somalia. The second edition includes an updated
introduction which draws attention to the ways in which differently
organized traditional cultures and social systems had reacted and
adapted to Muslim influence in the field of politics, law and
ritual in the second half of the twentieth century. This book will
be of interest to those studying Islam, African studies and
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