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Sorcery, Totem, and Jihad in African Philosophy
  • Christopher Wise
In this significant new work in African Philosophy, Christopher Wise explores deconstruction's historical indebtedness to Egypto-African civilization and its relevance in Islamicate Africa today. He does so by comparing deconstructive and African thought on the spoken utterance, nothingness, conjuration, the oath or vow, occult sorcery, blood election, violence, circumcision, totemic inscription practices, animal metamorphosis and sacrifice, the Abrahamic, fratricide, and jihad. Situated against the backdrop of the Ansar Dine's recent jihad in Northern Mali, Sorcery, Totem and Jihad in African Philosophy examines the root causes of the conflict and offers insight into the Sahel's ancient, complex, and vibrant civilization. This book also demonstrates the relevance of deconstructive thought in the African setting, especially the writing of the Franco-Algerian philosopher Jacques Derrida.
  • Mali,
  • West Africa,
  • African Philosophy,
  • Sorcery,
  • Jihad,
  • Ansar Dine
Publication Date
Spring March 23, 2017
Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh & Lucian Stone
Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought
ISBN-10: 1350013110
Publisher Statement
This book will be published on March 23, 2017.
Citation Information
Christopher Wise. Sorcery, Totem, and Jihad in African Philosophy. New York(2017)
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