Issouf Binaté

Researcher Profile – Issouf Binaté

Dr Issouf Binaté obtained his PhD from University Félix Houphouët Boigny in December 2012 and is currently a researcher at University Alassane Ouattara (Côte d’Ivoire). Author of several publications on Arab-Islamic education, he pursues his postdoctoral studies on Islamic NGOs and contemporary dynamism of Islam – with brotherhood revival and their associated movements – in Côte d’Ivoire in the context of the internationalisation of religious militancy. The results of this work have been presented at conferences and workshops in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, France, The Netherlands and Switzerland.
As a historian and expert on Islam in contemporary Côte d’Ivoire, Dr Binaté has worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). He was also a visiting fellow at the African Studies Centre in Leiden (Netherlands) in 2013 and more recently at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris in 2016.

For his upcoming Cadbury Fellowship at the University of Birmingham, Dr Binaté will work on the Mawlid or Commemorations of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad in northern Ivory Coast: between reislamisation, socialisation and the quest for political legitimacy.

“These celebrations have become a unique moment of mass meetings and opportunities to obtain baraka, religious blessings perceived in the collective imaginary as essential to self-realisation. During these annual meetings northern politicians have jumped into the picture in order to fulfill their quest for emerging legitimacy and religious support. The purpose of this study is to analyse the reislamisation process with an emphasis on the local traditions in opposition to Wahhabism. We intend also to understand the relationship between Islam and politics in the context of the emergence of Islamic brotherhoods. This study goes beyond urban areas such as Abidjan and Bouaké by taking into consideration some northern rural constituencies (such as Kélindjan and Dabadougou) that have served as gateways to Islam in the country and by analysing religious dynamics in the region.”

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