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Author Sarro, Ramon.
Title The politics of religious change on the upper Guinea coast : iconoclasm done and undone / Roman Sarro.
Imprint Edinburgh, UK : Edinburgh University Press, 2009.

Author Sarro, Ramon.
Series International African library ; 38
International African library ; 38.
Subject Guinea -- Religion.
Religion and politics -- Guinea.
Iconoclasm -- Guinea.
Guinea -- Social life and customs.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 239 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: Cassava Fields, Sacred Woods -- On ruins and landscape -- On African religion and iconoclasm -- living space as a remote area -- Ethnography as the art of being late -- Landlords, citizens and iconoclasts: introducing the actors and the events -- Ethnography and iconoclasm: a Rashomonian view -- 2. Rivers and Motorways -- Language and population on the Guinean coast -- language of the spirits -- Mangrove rice: a tale of two species -- river bank -- open road -- missing wood: Baga parents and Susu children -- 3. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Coastal Mangroves in Pre-Colonial Times -- Uncles and nephews: the logics of asymmetric settlement -- Landlords, strangers and spirits -- No room for slaves? -- Contested spiritscapes -- crown of Timbo: exploring pre-colonial political imagination -- 4. Chiefs, Customs and Territory: the Legacy of French Rule -- ̂ On cultural fatigue -- delimitation of a 'Baga' territory -- Chiefs, taxes and strangers -- rise of Christianity -- Fula hegemony -- Revolt and takeover -- Despotism and political awareness -- burden of being Baga -- Conclusion -- 5. Running and Hiding: the End of Colonialism and the Arrival of the Iconoclasts -- Youth and dance: a prelude -- rise of Islam -- stranger and the end of death -- Spiritual encounters -- Spiritual encounters of a different kind -- Farewell to the Baga -- 6. Mande Tricksters and Transformations: from Iconoclastic Preachers to Iconoclastic Politicians -- marabout who came from the east -- Revisiting the spiritual encounters -- Routinised iconoclasm -- Once there were landlords -- On religious convergence -- 7. Surviving Iconoclasm -- From children's games to elders' secrets: the story of the alipne -- Excursus I: iconoclasm and the centripetality of knowledge -- ̂ urban social form: the story of the ressortissants.
Summary Winner of the 2009 Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology. The Politics of Religious Change on the Upper Guinea Coast offers an in-depth analysis of an iconoclastic religious movement initiated by a Muslim preacher among coastal Baga farmers in the French colonial period. With an ethnographic approach that listens as carefully to those who suffered iconoclastic violence as to those who wanted to 'get rid of custom', this work discusses the extent to which iconoclasm produces a rupture of religious knowledge and identity, and analyses its relevance in the making of modern nations and citizens. The book will appeal to a wide range of readers, particularly those with an interest in the anthropology of religion, iconoclasm, the history and anthropology of West Africa, or the politics of heritage. This book examines the historical complexity of the interface between Islam, tradition religions and Christianity in west Africa, and how this interface links with dramatic political changes It gives a detailed ethnographic approach through which such complex history is unveiled and analysed It presents a dialogue between the field findings, a long tradition of anthropology and the most recent anthropological debates
ISBN 9780748636662 (electronic bk.)
0748636668 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786612059056
OCLC # 326717191
Additional Format Print version: Sarro, Ramon. Politics of religious change on the Upper Guinea Coast. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2009 9780748635153 0748635157 (OCoLC)226280895

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