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Subject: Dyula people, Al-Hajj Salim Suwari, Ethnic groups in Guinea, Ethnic groups in Senegal, Ethnic groups in Mali
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The Karamogo were the scholar class among the peaceful Dyula traders of Western Africa, of which Al-Hajj Salim Suwari was a prominent member. The Karamogo developed theological rationales for living among non-Muslims, arguing that one should nurture one's own faith and let conversion happen in its own time. Accordingly, jihad should not be waged except in defensive contexts.

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