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Islam and Tribal Art in West Africa : African Studies - Rene A. Bravmann

Islam and Tribal Art in West Africa

African Studies

Paperback Published: 7th April 1980
ISBN: 9780521297912
Number Of Pages: 208

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Most writers have assumed that the spread of the Islamic faith has tended to weaken and undermine the foundations of traditional African society and culture. In this interesting and original study Professor Bravmann re-examines and refutes the assumption that the aniconic attitudes of Islam, especially the prohibition of representational imagery, have had a detrimental effect on the visual arts in the areas of West Africa influenced by this universalistic faith. The strength and flexibility of West African societies and their art forms is clearly revealed in the major part of this study, which is devoted to a detailed examination of the impact of Islam upon traditional art in the Cercle de Bondoukou and west central areas of Ghana. The text is illustrated with numerous photographs showing a variety of art forms and masquerades in the region.

List of maps
List of plates
The Islamisation of West Africa
Muslim dogma concerning representational art
The syncretic nature of Islam: the survival of traditional art forms
History of the Muslim Mande in the Cercle de Bondoukoou and west central Ghana
Muslim relationships with traditional art in the Cercle de Bondoukou and west central Ghana
The Bedu masking tradition
The Gbain masking tradition
The Do masking tradition
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ISBN: 9780521297912
ISBN-10: 0521297915
Series: African Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 7th April 1980
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.31