This is the full-text, electronic version of the book originally published in 1992. In this study of the changing religious practices of a Dyula Muslim community in Cote d’Ivoire, the author examines the ways in which this religious and ethnic minority group living on the fringes of the Muslim world maintains its ties to the universal Islamic tradition while adapting everyday religious practices to the local context. Through the lens of this specific community, Launay elucidates the interaction between fundamental Islamic beliefs, anchored historically in the Arab Middle East, and the continually changing ways that Islam is lived, wherever it is professed. The book is made available on the Web as part of the University of California Press’s eScholarship Editions project.