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The sophisticated Islamic civilisations of Western Sub-Saharan Africa between the 13th and 19th centuries
The rich and sophisticated history of Islam in West Africa challenges colonialists’ narratives.
Members of Islamic street gangs mostly have no religious credentials, and don’t aim to establish an Islamic state.
There is a critical mass of well-informed Muslims for whom Sunni and Shi’i Islam are not fundamental to how they view themselves as Muslims.
Pakistan’s politics is shaped by weak political institutions and a strident relationship between government and military. But religion and other factors also play a significant role.