The Pacifist Tradition in West African Islam

The Pacifist Tradition in West African Islam

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from Religion and Foreign Policy Series

Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James professor of missions and world Christianity at Yale Divinity School and professor of history and international and area studies at Yale University, discusses the origin and evolution of the Muslim pacifist tradition in West Africa highlighting Islam's role in fostering political moderation, religious tolerance, and social pluralism throughout the region.