n Journal for Islamic Studies - Becoming Muslim in Mainland Tanzania, Felicitas Becker : book review

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7062



Islam has been in existence on the shores of East Africa for centuries. However, up until the end of the nineteenth century, most people of the interior were not Muslims. The situation has changed dramatically over the last century, and in present day southeast Tanzania, approximately eighty per cent of the population are now Muslim. What are the motivating factors leading to this conversion and how did this affect ritual practice, social relationships and the negotiation of space? These are the questions Felicitas Becker seeks to answer in her ambitious and carefully constructed book.

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