With un monde de karamokos, Jean Louis Triaud has written the definitive history of the expansion of Islam in Ivory Coast. The nearly 2,000-page, two-volume book is a masterful reconstruction of the history of Islam in the West African country. It takes the reader from the 1880s when Islam started to make its first significant steps in northern Ivory Coast to the 1960s when it became a powerful player in the religious, political, and economic scenes of the country. Un monde de karamokos is the thoroughly revised, adapted, and augmented version of Jean Louis Triaud's doctorat de troisième cycle.

Those looking for a tight monograph neatly framed around an argument with succinctly written findings will be disappointed. Un monde de karamokos is an erudite and richly documented book that sometimes reads like a reference book, but it is more than that. It is a blend of micro and...

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