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Political-Social Movements: Islamist Movements and Discourses: Sub-Saharan Africa
(2,154 words)

Islamism appeals to millions of women worldwide. The same is true in Sub-Saharan Africa, although expressions and content as well as reasons for adherence vary considerably. Islamist discourse in general finds itself in opposition to aspects of what is perceived and denounced as “Western” modernity. This modernity is characterized by social ills such as loose morality, materialism, substance abuse, alienation, and crime. Islamist discourse and action are directed against these ills: Islamists want to replace the corrupt modern order with an Islamic on…

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Renders, Marleen, “Political-Social Movements: Islamist Movements and Discourses: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0130f>
First published online: 2009

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