How Trade in West Africa Encouraged The Spread of Islam

1151 WordsJul 11, 20185 Pages
HOW TRADE IN WEST AFRICA ENCOURAGED THE SPREAD OF ISLAM Islam, a monotheistic and spiritually based religion which refers to the act of giving great reverence to the Supreme Being, “submission to God” was found in the Saudi Arabian countries by the Prophet Muhammad in 610 C.E.1 The religion which was renowned for its triumph, patent power with an open set of beliefs about the Dos and the DONTs so as to gain access to heaven spread spontaneously as people learned of it through trade.1 It is today practiced amongst the 16 countries of the sub-Saharan West Africa which roughly comprise of a population of over 100 million Muslims and the entire African continent at large in varied numbers.2 The Muslim Berber merchants and increasingly…show more content…
Arabs and Muslim gains spurred additional efforts headed for acquiring wealth, aided by Muslim endorsement of merchants’ action leavened by donations leaving novel cultural acquaintances in their wake. Sufism, a movement which emerged in 900 C.E. was concerned with the different rational life that arose as the Islam interacted with the Greek scientific legacy sort for a stricter hub on religion and a more strong decency. The enthusiasm of the Sufi leaders and their sanctified devotions helped to influence a majority of people and ensured Islam gained adheherents in various parts in Sub-Saharan Africa. This was also made possible by their charity works despite others offering extremely touching religions full of intense rituals. During the first half of the twentieth century, Islam spread in colonial West Africa due to increased trade and the rise of cities which gave the Muslims opportunities to travel and occupy new areas in the coastal cities. In these regions they become outstanding businessmen amongst their followers and introduced cash-crop cultivation which resulted into spreading out of their enterprises into new regions luring more congregations to Islam. The affiliation between elites and ruling classes, who had interacted with the Muslim merchants in trade, attended the Muslim schools and had been converted into
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