America Abroad – Africa’s Fight Against Islamic Extremism

Islam has been peacefully practiced in sub-Saharan Africa for centuries in places like Senegal and Sudan. But in the past few decades, extreme versions of the religion has been penetrating into the continent, often filling the void of weak governmental authorities. In this episode of America Abroad, we explore the historical role of Islam in Africa, how Islamist groups have taken hold in parts of it, and what's being done to resist them; We hear from people on the ground in Kenya, Nigeria and Sudan; And we learn about the role of Middle Eastern countries in exporting more radical forms of Islam to sub-Saharan Africa through mosques and madrasas.

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