SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA AND THE WIDER WORLD OF ISLAM: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES* BY JOHN HUNWICK (Northwestern University) Today we come face to face with perhaps the greatest evil that stalks the mod- ern world-that of nationalism ... The path of the Ummah and that of the Islamic movement is blocked by nation-states. These nation-states are like huge boulders blown across our path by the ill-wind of recent history. All nation-states that today occupy, enslave and exploit the lands, peoples and resources of the Ummah must of necessity be dismantled..... It is quite clear that one Ummah must mean one Islamic movement, leading to one global Islamic State under one Imam/Khalifa. (Kalim Saddiqui in M. Ghayasuddin, The Impact of Nationalism on the Muslim World, London, 1986, 1) Introduction In the Muslim world of the late twentieth century, there is a sense of urgency about the need to restate Islamic values in the face of perva- sive external influences inimical to those values, such as has not, perhaps, been manifested since the late medieval period when it was perceived as necessary to batten down the hatches against the subversive influence of the legacy of Greek philosophy and science. That such
Journal of Religion in Africa – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1996
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