Friday, November 22nd, 2019
Tidiane Lo, University of Indiana
“Religious Commemoration as Embodied Heritage: The Two Prayers of Amadu Bamba in Saint-Louis, Senegal”
Friday, December 6th, 2019
Farah El-Sharif, Harvard University
“The Construction of a Doctrine in Kitāb al-Rimāḥ: Gnosis and Revival in 19th Century West Africa”
Friday, January 31st, 2020
Caitlyn Bolton, CUNY
“Spiritual Capital: Islamic Education and Social Change in a Zanzibari Madrasa”
Friday, February 21st, 2020
Joseph Hill, University of Alberta
“Women Islamic leaders in West Africa”
Friday, March 6th, 2020
Rhea Rahman, Brooklyn College
“Global Muslim Blackness: Grassroots Initiatives for a Humanitarianism Reimagined"
Islam in Africa has become an important and increasingly vibrant sub-field in Islamic Studies, attracting numerous extremely talented students who are conducting fine studies that have great impact in all fields in the humanities and social sciences. Dozens of books are published yearly including through major university presses, and so the goal of Critical Perspectives in the Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa lecture series is to provide a platform for the discussion of cutting edge research in the field of Islam in Africa and to tap into the best of such new work for Africanists and Islamicists at all schools at Harvard. Every academic year, the Islam in Africa lecture series brings authors of newly published books and advanced Ph.D students to campus to discuss their work.
All events are open to the public.
Co-sponsored with the Center for African Studies, the Department of African and African American Studies, Havard Divinity School, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs