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In an Era of Terror Threats : Negotiating the Governance of a (Trans)Local Islamic Heritage in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Title data

Frede, Britta:
In an Era of Terror Threats : Negotiating the Governance of a (Trans)Local Islamic Heritage in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
In: Dağyeli, Jeanine Elif ; Ghrawi, Claudia ; Freitag, Ulrike (ed.): Claiming and Making Muslim Worlds. - Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter , 2021 . - pp. 131-157 . - (ZMO-Studien ; 40 )
ISBN 9783110726763
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110726534-006

Project information

Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Abstract in another language

This chapter scrutinises the negotiation of various actors about the governance of the Mauritanian Islamic heritage. In the context of hopes for democratisation and the war on terror, social frictions are fuelled and lead to a quite confrontational mode of negotiating identity and citizenship. The traditional Islamic educational institution, the maḥḍara, plays a crucial role within these debates. Being perceived as an institution for (re)producing local tradition, the maḥḍara and its visions become the focus of conflict, praised by politicians and the ʿulamāʾ (Islamic scholars) as a driver of social peace, feared by security experts as a breeding ground for terrorism, and finally, wished to be reformed by human right activists. The war on terror goes hand in hand with the threat of terror, producing more rumours than facts and spreading feelings of insecurity that foster violent action.

Further data

Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair of Islamic Studies with a special focus on Africa
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit > EXC 2052 - Africa Multiple: Afrikastudien neu gestalten
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2021 11:40
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 11:40
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/66422