Islam in colonial and postcolonial Mali

The project is a follow up study to my book, Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town. Taking a broader look at religious expression in colonial and postcolonial Mali, it traces the connection between changing modalities of religious expression, different modes of belonging and emergent social imaginaries in Mali. It focuses on the complexities of changing social and religious identities, communities and practices in a world characterized by greater mobility, marked increases in urban economic activities, formal education, new forms of ‘modern’ knowledge and governmentality, and intensified global interconnections in 20th century Mali.

Research project
2002 to 2016



religion ; islam ; history