n Journal for Islamic Studies - A prospect of secularization? Muslims and political power in Mozambique today




This article look at Islam and politics in Mozambique. Islam has experienced there an exemplary turnabout since the late 1980s. It has been transformed from a marginalised, and at time oppressed, religion into a socially and publicly important faith. What have been the consequences of this transformation? How did Muslims make use of their progress? And what was the reaction of those in political power? Did Muslims integrate into the elite in power, and can one consequently identify a reconfiguration of the national hegemonic bloc? The article demonstrates that while Muslims were integrated in various political institutions after 1994, the party in power evicted all militant religious men from its party and from political positions after the year 2000. It only retained secular Muslims in its ranks. The text evaluates the impact of this change and raises the hypothesis of a consequent secularization of politics.


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