‘That Ye May Know Each Other’: Late Victorian Interactions between British and West African Muslims
Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Alhajj Harun-ar-Rashid, Mohammed Gheirawani, Shitta Bey, Edward Wilmot Blyden, British converts to Islam, Islam in Britain, Islam in Liverpool, Sheik William Henry Abdullah Quilliam, West African Muslims, Islam in West Africa, Liverpool Moslem Institute
From the early 1890’s to 1908 members of the Liverpool Moslem Institute led by Sheik William Henry Abdullah Quilliam had extensive contacts with their West African Muslim counterparts. This era was marked by several trends including the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, European colonialism, extensive overseas Christian missionary activities as well as the vast expansion of Islam in West Africa. In this milieu, the British and West African Muslims built a mutually beneficial relationship with equality, respect, and brotherhood as its cornerstone. Their contacts developed and flourished quickly, leading to extensive correspondence, visits, and general support for one another’s causes. Some results of the these interactions included the Turkish Sultan and West African Muslims entering each other’s consciousness, acceptance of English education among West African Muslims, and creating a bulwark against Christian missionaries.
Singleton, Brent D., "‘That Ye May Know Each Other’: Late Victorian Interactions between British and West African Muslims" (2009). Library Faculty Publications & Presentations. 17.
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Published in Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 3, October 2009, pp. 369-385. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13602000903166630