Journal of Islamic Studies 29 (2):294-296 (2018)

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Jonathan Brown
University of Rhode Island
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© The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.comThis article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model...In 1998 I was trying to get from Kaolack to Touba in Senegal. I asked a man at the bus stop which bus was going to Touba, but he didn't understand. For some reason I asked him again in Arabic, and he pointed me where I needed to go. That always surprised me. It shouldn’t have. As Ousmane Kane proves ably in this book, ‘Islam and the Arabic language are no more foreign in Africa than they are in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq’.The grievance is old and still very valid: the study of Islam qua religion and qua Islamicate...
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