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WEEK 7Where we have previously been covering the influence of African Traditional Religions and of Christianity on African culture, this week we have switched to studying Islam. Our selection of Robinson’s reading focuses on the Islamization of Africa, which suggests the acceptance of the faith on the continent and the religion working its way into the culture. He notes that while the religion took hold in Africa, societies kept their own language. Another important distinction he makes is that the religion did not “penetrate” the continent as some scholars would suggest, as it remained confined to specific geographic areas. He talks about the growth of Islam in three stages, but statesthat there was a distinct “africanization” of the religion, as the African societies made thereligion their own. The second chapter covers this africanization, making a clear note that there is nothing negative about this change to the religion itself, and the negativity lies in the European perception of the African version of Islam. An important piece of
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Islam, specific geographic areas, African Traditional, Islam. Our selection