The jihadist invasion and cultural identity in Mali

Jonas Giese Anderson, Khaawla Ahmed Hush, Marie Sneum Madsen & Etta Laura Vitus Andersen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


In 2012, a crisis of great severity broke out in Mali, intiated by islamist rebellions invading northern regions of the country. A conflict which has only seemed to further weaken the national stability, security and, in this project most evidently, the religious identity. Mali was since the early 90’s a post-colonised country highly acknowledged by its effective and epochal processes towards stronger institutions, and becoming an democratic state. The country is today, with this past decadal de-stabilization, under immense pressure.

We will, on the basis of widely contemporary discussed culture-critical theories and scholars, dive into a two-parted analysis; firstly, examine the scholarly evidence of the context at hand. Hereby ultimately illuminate religion as a cohesive body throughout history and in modernity. Secondly, conduct a thematic analysis through the theoretical notion of ​representation​, focusing on Islam in today’s Malian newsmedia. How is Islam portrayed? Thus, we argue, such analysis allows for discussion and reflections on the plausible effect this could have on the religious unity in Mali, a highly muslim country.

We have been able to conclude: Mali is affected by the presence of Jihadism in various regards, one of those being their unified religious identity. The actual consequences are currently evident in regards to their view on constitutional structure of mixing religion and secularity. Generally, an altogether dissociate from their religion, Islam. Other consequences might appear as the the extremist presence persists.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2019
Antal sider65
VejledereJeannie Morgan


  • Mali
  • Identity
  • Representation
  • Culture
  • Cultural identity
  • Crisis of identity
  • conflict
  • jihadism
  • stuart hall
  • Benedict anderson
  • imagined communities
  • religion