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9 An Islamic Social Movement In Contemporary West Africa: Nasfat Of Nigeria

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This chapter discusses a new Islamic organization in Nigeria called NASFAT (Nasr Allah al-Fatih Society of Nigeria) that exhibits some features of a social movement. NASFAT also clearly illustrates the influence of Pentecostalism on Muslim religious practice with some even referring to the organization as ?Islamic Pentecostalism?. In 1995 a group of ten young Yoruba men founded NASFAT, which they had originally conceived of as a prayer group for Muslim men who regularly met to pray together. One feature that certainly distinguishes NASFAT from other Islamic organizations in Nigeria and other Islamic social movements is the active and serious business plan that its leaders and promotional materials frequently highlight. NASFAT cannot be reduced to a ?response? to Christianity among the Yoruba or to trends in Pentecostalism.

Keywords: Christianity; Islamic organization; Islamic social movements; Muslim; NASFAT; Nigeria; Pentecostalism; Yoruba



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