Salafi Revolution in West Africa
abstract
This paper discusses the ways in which a revolu­ tion inspired by Islam emerged in the few decades in West Africa, mainly through the intervention of Sala actors, institutions, and reform practices. Sala sm as an Islamic discourse became popular in the region at the end of the 20th century as Islam acquired a renewed interest and became a potent dis­ course, restructuring from within, formulating new political agendas and mobilising for social change and radical recon gurations of social order. The pa­ per calls for attention to context, noting the vari­ eties of Sala sm, while problematising the views promoters of this Islamic trend have expressed in relation to state institutions, in particular the se­ cular school system. Emphasising the role of the Sala preacher, the paper argues that Sala sm has had a crucial impact not only on the religious, but also on the public spheres. A social and poli­ tical critique, Sala sm proves a major challenge while it promotes alternative moral and political orders including a Jihadi regime.