Africanists and Africans of the Maghrib II: casualties of secularity

Africanists and Africans of the Maghrib II: casualties of secularity

Author: 
Mohamed, Mohamed Hassan
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2012
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Journal Title: 
The Journal of North African Studies
Source: 
Journal of North African Studies, Vol. 17, No. 3, June 2012, pp. 409-431
Abstract: 

This article is the second segment of a two-part project that deconstructs Africanist conceptions of the origin of black Africans of the Maghrib. In the first part, I identified the textual threads linking Africanist discourses on Africans (blacks) of the Maghrib to abolitionism. This sequel is designed to accomplish two things. First, I will sketch a textual genesis for the twin concepts underpinning both the Africanist and abolitionist polemics: the notions of sensuality and miscegenation. Second, I will consider how this polemics measures up to pre-modern commentaries that lead back towards the advent of Islam at the Maghrib. Secularity, I argue, enabled Africanists not only to conserve what was, in essence, a religious discourse, but also to de-historicise black Africans of the Maghrib.

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CITATION: Mohamed, Mohamed Hassan. Africanists and Africans of the Maghrib II: casualties of secularity . : Taylor & Francis , 2012. Journal of North African Studies, Vol. 17, No. 3, June 2012, pp. 409-431 - Available at: http://library.au.int/africanists-and-africans-maghrib-ii-casualties-secularity-4