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date: 18 January 2022

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This article examines the role of Islam in politics in sub-Saharan Africa. It analyzes the impact of factors such as demographics, independence movements, and democratization. The discussion also covers the rise of the age of terror in Africa, which began with the simultaneous bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998. These events set the stage for increasing anxiety in the West, and among some African elites, about the potential danger of “radicalization” of African political Islam.

Keywords: Islam, politics, sub-Saharan Africa, demographics, democratization, radicalization

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