Book Reviews / Journal of Religion in Africa 40 (2010) 222-228 227 Becker, Felicitas, Becoming Muslim in Mainland Tanzania, 1890-2000 , Oxford, Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2008, 299 pp., with glossary, illustrations, maps, index, 9780197264270, $100.00. Research on Islam and Muslim societies in Africa has increased remarkably over the last years, both in depth and scope. While the ‘Islam in Africa’ book series by Brill has ﬂ ourished since its inception in 2004 and the journal Islamic Africa has been newly set up at North- western University, further important contributions have come from elsewhere. In this proc- ess research on East Africa has caught up a little with that on West Africa through several recent books (e.g., by van der Bruinhorst, Ahmed, Reese, Faulkner, MacIntosh, Loimeier, and Seesemann). A major subfocus has been on the internal diversity within the respective Muslim communities, and on the ongoing tensions (ideological and demographic) between such diversity and the aspired unity of the umma . Felicitas Becker’s book is well placed in this context, and has much to oﬀ er. It is a historical study covering more than a century of the social dynamics of what it means to
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