1974 article ‘Religious toleration in black Africa’

1974 article 'Religious toleration in black Africa'

Click the green link above to download an article by Humphrey J Fisher from 1974 in the periodical Patterns of Prejudice, a journal of the Institute of Jewish Affairs.
To cite this article: Humphrey J. Fisher (1974) Religious toleration in black Africa, Patterns of
Prejudice, 8:3, 23-28, DOI: 10.1080/0031322X.1974.9969190
It shows that the roots of current division within the Islamic world are nothing new, having been played out in Africa for generations.
‘RELIGIOUS toleration in Africa may be
sought in relations amongst the three principal
religious traditions there — the Muslim,
the Christian, and the Ragan or traditional.
It may also be sought in relations amongst
various subdivisions within a single faith: indeed,
from the historian’s point of view, whether
reformed Muslims would or would not
tolerate unreformed Muslims has been probably
the most outstanding single problem of
religious toleration an black Africa’s past. I
write as an historian, giving a few historical
examples drawn mainly from the Muslim history
of black Africa.
Three principal stages of Islamic development
are discernible: quarantine, mixing, and
reform…’

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