Texts, Knowledge, and Practice: The Meaning of Scholarship in Muslim Africa

Contributed By: ccangemi
Organizing Institution: Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University
Start Date: February 16, 2018
End Date: February 18, 2018
Sperry Room, Harvard Divinity School, Andover Hall 116,

45 Francis Ave
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States
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Sitting at the intersection of African, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies, Islam in Africa has long suffered from a crisis of disciplinary identity. Neither strictly area nor solely religious studies, Islam in Africa has only recently received attention within the academy. The shift is overdue. Africa has influenced scholarship throughout the Islamic World for better than a millennium. With the spread of Arabic literacy, African scholars developed a rich tradition of debate over orthodoxy and meaning in Islam. The rise of such a tradition was hardly disconnected from centers of Islamic learning outside of Africa. From Mecca to Sind, African scholars have played significant roles in the development of virtually every field of Islamic sciences.

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