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This introduction chapter presents an overview of the book Islamic Sufi Networks in the Western Indian Ocean (C. 1880-1940): Ripples of Reform, which aims to link the locations of the Ḥaramayn (Mecca and Medina), the Ḥaḍramawt, Lamu, Zanzibar, the Comoro Islands, northern Mozambique, Diego Suarez and Cape Town with one general movement of Sufi-based Islamic reformist activity. This is done first through three case studies that emphasize the agency of daʿwa-oriented teacher-scholars in northern Mozambique, Diego Suarez in northern Madagascar, and Cape Town. The book also aims to place changes in this region within the wider Islamic reformist discourse in the mid- to late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. It discusses specific aspects of change that reached beyond specific locations. Finally, the book concludes with the impact of Islamic Sufi reform in the region and the impact of the region on Islamic Sufi reformist ideas.

Keywords: Ḥaramayn; Islamic Sufi reform; Nationalism; Western Indian Ocean



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