Walking to the Makaranta: Production, Circulation, and Transmission of Islamic Learning in Urban Niger
abstract
Knowledge production, circulation and transmission mark contemporary Islamic activism in Niger. While many analysts have alluded to the democratization of religious knowledge in Niger, only a few have, at best tangentially, touched on the impact of this knowledge economy on Muslim subjectivities and the public sphere. This article discusses the new culture of knowledge that characterizes Islamic activism among women and youth groups and how this reshapes Islamic learning cultures in Niger. The article also examines the new roles and perceptions of Islamic learning particularly among urbanite women (housewives as well as modern sector workers) and youth (Cercles des Jeunes Musulmans), two categories at the forefront of the current Islam-induced transformation process in Niger.