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Southern African Islamic Studies Scholarship: A Survey of the “State of the Art”

Azevedo (1998), Martin (2001), Ludwig and Adogame (2004), Zeleza (2006), and a host of others acknowledged the fact that African Studies and its allied disciplines such as Religious Studies and Islamic Studies have been constructed and developed by scholars in the West (i.e. Europe and the USA). As Western constructs, these disciplines have been rooted in and dominated by a range of Eurocentric theories that have influenced and changed the attitudes of Africans (and African Muslims) towards their respective communities. Although African scholars have been searching for alternative theoretical models, quite a number have succumbed to the European models that they found somewhat impossible to shake off.