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The Rise of Islamic Radicalism in Tanzania

From 1998 to 2005, Dr Felicitas Becker conducted hundreds of interviews in Tanzania, both to discover why and how many people had converted to Islam and to investigate why these Muslim congregations have produced Islamic radicals. This edited extract from her book, ‘Becoming Muslim in Mainland Tanzania, 1890–2000’, gives an account of conflicts among Tanzania’s Muslims, in particular the role of Muslim reformists – often referred to as the Ansar – who were highly visible and vocal during her period of research.

• Felicitas Becker

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, Issue 12 (January 2009).