Thursday, August 28, 2003

Guinea: strict form of Islam gaining ground

According to this, more people in Guinea are embracing very strict interpretations of Islam. The piece doesn't offer numbers but it does say that more women are now seen wearing the burkah.

The Islam practiced across Africa is generally quite relaxed. So it's interesting to note changes in practice and dress.

The most well known case is that of provinces in northern Nigeria which have adopted stricter interpretations of Islam and brought in Sharia law. This has caused no end of problems with the central government.

While on the subject of Nigeria ... an Islamic court has postponed the appeal hearing in the Amina Lawal case untill next month. If you recall, Amina is the young woman who was sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery. She has a baby from that relationship.

In Mali, at least 10 people have been killed in sectarian clashes between Wahhabi and non-Wahhabi Muslims. The fight began on Monday over the Whhabis' efforts to build a mosque.