Benjamin Soares

Benjamin Soares, an anthropologist, is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the Researcher’s Assembly (RA) at the ASC. He has taught previously at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Sussex and held fellowships at the University of Chicago and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is a scholar of Islam and Muslim societies in Africa whose research focuses particularly on religious life from the early 20th century to the present. He has conducted research in Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan. In recent work, he has looked at the connections between changing modalities of religious expression, different modes of belonging, and emergent social imaginaries in colonial and postcolonial West Africa, especially in Mali. In addition to ongoing research on religion, the public sphere, and media, he is studying contemporary Muslim public intellectuals in Africa.

He is the author of Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town (University of Michigan Press & Edinburgh University Press, 2005); editor of Muslim-Christian Encounters in Africa (Brill, 2006); co-editor of Islam, Politics, Anthropology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) with Filippo Osella; and co-editor of Islam, État et société en Afrique (Karthala, 2009) and Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa (Palgrave, 2007), both with René Otayek. He also co-edits the Brill series, Studies of Religion in Africa.

Dr. B.F. (Benjamin) Soares
Senior researcher

Email adress: bsoares@ascleiden.nl
Phone number: +31 (0)71 527 3365
ASC room number: 3.A12
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The historiography of Islam in West Africa: an anthropologist's view
(2014)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Islam in Mali since the 2012 coup
(2013)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Family law reform in Mali: contentious debates and elusive outcomes
(2011)
B.F. Soares
Editors: M. Badran
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Amadou Hampâté Bâ's life and work reconsidered: critical and historical perpectives
(2010)
B.F. Soares; R.A. Austen
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Special issue: Amadou Hampâté Bâ's life and work reconsidered: critical and historical perpectives
(2010)
Editors: B.F. Soares; R.A. Austen
Type of Publication: Book

Islam, politics, anthropology
(2010)
Editors: B.F. Soares; F. Osella
Type of Publication: Book

Rasta sufis' and Muslim youth culture in Mali
(2010)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Islam, politics, anthropology
(2010)
B.F. Soares; F. Osella
Editors: B.F. Soares; F. Osella
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Introduction: Islam, état et societé en Afrique
(2009)
R. Otayek; B.F. Soares
Editors: R. Otayek; B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

L'islam au Mali dans l'ère néolibérale
(2009)
B.F. Soares
Editors: R. Otayek; B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

The attempt to reform family law in Mali
(2009)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Journal Article

An Islamic social movement in Contemporary West Africa: NASFAT of Nigeria
(2009)
B.F. Soares
Editors: S.D.K. Ellis; I. van Kessel
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

La formation d'une 'sphère islamique' en Afrique Occidentale française (1895-1958)
(2009)
B.F. Soares; R. Launay
Editors: G. Holder
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Special issue: Islam, politics, anthropology
(2009)
B.F. Soares; F. Osella
Type of Publication: Book

Islam, état et societé en Afrique
(2009)
Editors: R. Otayek; B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Book

"Being as good Muslims as Frenchmen": On Islam and colonial modernity in West Africa
(2009)
R. Seesemann; B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Introduction: Muslim West Africa in the age of neoliberalism
(2008)
M.N. LeBlanc; B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Introduction : Islam and Muslim politics in Africa
(2007)
R. Otayek; B.F. Soares
Editors: B.F. Soares; R. Otayek
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Saint and Sufi in contemporary Mali
(2007)
B.F. Soares
Editors: M. van Bruinessen; J.D. Howell
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Rethinking Islam and Muslim societies in Africa
(2007)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Islam and Muslim politics in Africa
(2007)
Editors: B.F. Soares; R. Otayek
Type of Publication: Book

Les sciences ésotériques musulmanes et le commerce d'amulettes au Mali
(2007)
B.F. Soares
Editors: C. Hamès
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Muslim-Christian Encounters in Africa
(2006)
Editors: B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Book

Introduction: Muslim-Christian encounters in Africa
(2006)
B.F. Soares
Editors: B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Islam and the prayer economy: history and authority in a Malian town
(2005)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Book

Islam in Mali in the neoliberal era
(2005)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Transnational Islam in Western Europe
(2005)
B.F. Soares; R.D. Grillo
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Mali: im Visier der Islamismus-Fahnder
(2005)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Islam, transnationalism, and the public sphere in Western Europe
(2004)
Editors: B.F. Soares; R.D. Grillo
Type of Publication: Book

Islam and public piety in Mali
(2004)
B.F. Soares
Editors: A. Salvatore; D.F. Eickelman
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Notes on the anthropological study of Islam and Muslim societies in Africa
(2004)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Journal Article

An African Muslim saint and his followers in France
(2004)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Muslim saints in the age of neoliberalism
(2004)
B.F. Soares
Editors: B. Weiss
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Notes on the Tijâniyya Hamawaiyya in Nioro du Sahel after the second exile of its shaykh
(2000)
B.F. Soares
Editors: J.-L. Triaud; D. Robinson
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Muslim proselytization as purification: religious pluralism and conflict in contemporary Mali
(1999)
B.F. Soares
Editors: A.A. An-Nai'im
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

The formation of an 'Islamic sphere' in French colonial West Africa
(1999)
R. Launay; B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Book

Review of Dale F. Eickelman & James Piscatori : Muslim Politics
(1998)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Review

The Fulbe "shaykh"and the Bambara "pagans": contemporary campaigns to spread Islam in Mali
(1997)
B.F. Soares
Editors: M.E. de Bruijn; J.W.M. van Dijk
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Nigeria's economic crisis: bibliographic sources to 1996
(1997)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Other

The prayer economy in a Malian town
(1996)
B.F. Soares
Type of Publication: Journal Article
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Special issue: Islam, politics, anthropology
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, ISSN 1359-0987, vol. 15, issue supplement S1, p. S1-S240 2009
B.F. Soares; F. Osella

Islam and the prayer economy: history and authority in a Malian town
Edinburgh/Ann Arbor: Edinburgh University Press/University of Michigan Press, International African library, ISSN 0951-1377 ; 32 2005
B.F. Soares

The formation of an 'Islamic sphere' in French colonial West Africa
[S.l.]: Taylor & Francis, 1999
R. Launay; B.F. Soares

'Family law reform in Mali: contentious debates and elusive outcomes'
In: M. Badran: 'Gender and Islam in Africa: rights, sexuality, and law', Washington, DC & Stanford, CA: Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Stanford University Press, 2011.

'Islam, politics, anthropology'
In: B.F. Soares; F. Osella: 'Islam, politics, anthropology', Oxford/Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

'Rasta sufis' and Muslim youth culture in Mali'
'Being young and Muslim: new cultural politics in the global south and north', Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

'Introduction: Islam, état et societé en Afrique'
In: R. Otayek; B.F. Soares: 'Islam, état et societé en Afrique', Paris: Karthala, 2009.

'L'islam au Mali dans l'ère néolibérale'
In: R. Otayek; B.F. Soares: 'Islam, état et societé en Afrique', Paris: Karthala, 2009.

'An Islamic social movement in Contemporary West Africa: NASFAT of Nigeria'
In: S.D.K. Ellis; I. van Kessel: 'Movers and shakers : social movements in Africa', Leiden: Brill, 2009.

'La formation d'une 'sphère islamique' en Afrique Occidentale française (1895-1958)'
In: G. Holder: 'L'Islam, nouvel espace public en Afrique', Paris: Karthala, 2009.

'Les sciences ésotériques musulmanes et le commerce d'amulettes au Mali'
In: C. Hamès: 'Magie et écriture islamique dans les mondes africain et européen', Paris: Karthala, 2007.

'Saint and Sufi in contemporary Mali'
In: M. van Bruinessen; J.D. Howell: 'Sufism and the 'modern' in Islam', London: I.B. Tauris, 2007.

'Introduction : Islam and Muslim politics in Africa'
In: B.F. Soares; R. Otayek: 'Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa', New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

'Introduction: Muslim-Christian encounters in Africa'
In: B.F. Soares: 'Muslim-Christian encounters in Africa', Leiden: Brill, 2006.

'Islam and public piety in Mali'
In: A. Salvatore; D.F. Eickelman: 'Public Islam and the common good', Leiden: Brill, 2004.
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'Muslim saints in the age of neoliberalism'
In: B. Weiss: 'Producing African futures : ritual and reproduction in a neoliberal age', Leiden: Brill, 2004.
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'Notes on the Tijâniyya Hamawaiyya in Nioro du Sahel after the second exile of its shaykh'
In: J.-L. Triaud; D. Robinson: 'La Tijâniyya : une confrérie musulmane à la conquête de l'Afrique', Paris: Karthala, 2000.
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'Muslim proselytization as purification: religious pluralism and conflict in contemporary Mali'
In: A.A. An-Nai'im: 'Proselytization and communal self-determination in Africa', Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1999.
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'The Fulbe "shaykh"and the Bambara "pagans": contemporary campaigns to spread Islam in Mali'
In: M.E. de Bruijn; J.W.M. van Dijk: 'Peuls et Mandingues : dialectique des constructions identitaires', Paris: Karthala, 1997.
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Special issue: Amadou Hampâté Bâ's life and work reconsidered: critical and historical perpectives
B.F. Soares; R.A. Austen (editors)
Islamic Africa, ISSN 2154-0993, vol.1, nr. 2, p. 133-247 2010.

Islam, politics, anthropology
B.F. Soares; F. Osella (editors)
Oxford/Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Islam, état et societé en Afrique
R. Otayek; B.F. Soares (editors)
Paris: Karthala, 2009.

Islam and Muslim politics in Africa
B.F. Soares; R. Otayek (editors)
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Muslim-Christian Encounters in Africa
B.F. Soares (editors)
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, Islam in Africa,6 2006.

Islam, transnationalism, and the public sphere in Western Europe
B.F. Soares; R.D. Grillo (editors)
Journal of ethnic and migration studies, ISSN 1369-183X, vol. 30, nr. 5, p. 861-1038 2004.

'The historiography of Islam in West Africa: an anthropologist's view'
in: The journal of African history, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 27 - 36, 2014.

'Islam in Mali since the 2012 coup'
in: Cultural anthropology online, vol. Fieldsights - hot spots, 2013.

'"Being as good Muslims as Frenchmen": On Islam and colonial modernity in West Africa'
in: Journal of religion in Africa, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 91 - 120, 2009.

'The attempt to reform family law in Mali'
in: Die Welt des Islams, vol. 49, no. 3/4, pp. 398 - 428, 2009.

'Introduction: Muslim West Africa in the age of neoliberalism'
in: Africa today, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. vii - xii, 2008.

'Rethinking Islam and Muslim societies in Africa'
in: African affairs, vol. 106, pp. 319 - 326, 2007.

'Mali: im Visier der Islamismus-Fahnder'
in: Inamo, no. 41, pp. 18 - 18, 2005.
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'Transnational Islam in Western Europe'
in: ISIM Review, no. 15, pp. - 11, 2005.
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'Islam in Mali in the neoliberal era'
in: African affairs, vol. 105, no. 418, pp. 77 - 95, 2005.
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'An African Muslim saint and his followers in France'
in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 913 - 927, 2004.
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'Notes on the anthropological study of Islam and Muslim societies in Africa'
in: Culture and Religion, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 277 - 285, 2004.
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'The prayer economy in a Malian town'
in: Cahiers d'études africaines, vol. 36, no. 144, pp. 739 - 753, 1996.
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'A contemporary Malian Shaykh: Al-Hajj Shaykh Sidy Modibo Kane Diallo, the religious leader of Dilly'
in: Islam et sociétés au sud du Sahara, no. 10, pp. 145 - 153, 1996.
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'Falkeiana IV: the shaykh as the locus of divine self-disclosure : a poem in praise of shaykh .Ham_ahu 'll_ah'
in: Sudanic Africa : a journal of historical sources, vol. 7, pp. 97 - 112, 1996.
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Evanston, IL: Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, PAS working papers ; no. 2 1997.