2018-19 Academic Year

About

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.

 

Islam in Africa Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on the Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa

Spring 2019

Wednesday

1.00-3.00 PM

 

DATE

LECTURER

LECTURE

Mar 6

Oludamini OgunnaikeAssistant Professor of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary, will present his forthcoming book Sufism and Ifa: Ways of Knowing in Two West African Intellectual Traditions.

march 6

 

Mar 13

Brandon Kendhammer, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of International Development Studies at Ohio University, in Athens, OH, will present his book Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy, and Law in Northern Nigeria, Chicago, University Of Chicago Press, 2016.”

march 13

Mar 27

Ayodeji Ogunnaike, Ph.D student Harvard University will deliver a lecture on  “Islam, Christianity and the Transformation of Yoruba belief systems”

will deliver a lecture on  “Islam, Christianity and the Transformation of Yoruba belief systems”

Apr 3

Youssef Jaison Carter, College Fellow,  Harvard University

will deliver a lecture titled  “Spiritual Care, Dhikr and Black Muslim Performance

Apr 10

Jeremy Dell, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

will deliver a lecture titled: “Unbraiding the Qu'ran: Wolofal and the Tafsīr Tradition of Senegambia"

Apr 17

Michael Gomez, Silver Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University 

will present his book African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa (Princeton University Press, early 2018)

Apr 23

Cheikh Tijani Ould Isselmou  Ph.D student, University of Arizona

will deliver a lecture titled   Colonizing Shari‘a: Religion, Space and Social Order in Colonial Sahara?

Apr 30

Laura Cochrane, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Cultural and Global Studies Program at Central Michigan University 

will present her book: Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal. London, New York: Routledge Press, 2017.

 

Upcoming Events

2019 Mar 27

Ayodeji Ogunnaike, Ph.D student Harvard University

Date: 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Rockefeller Hall 117, Harvard Divinity School

Free & open to the public | Lunch is provided

"Islam, Christianity and the Transformation of Yoruba belief systems”

2019 Apr 03

Youssef Jaison Carter, Harvard University

Date: 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Rockefeller Hall 117, Harvard Divinity School

Free & open to the public | Lunch is provided

“Spiritual Care, Dhikr and Black Muslim Performance"

2019 Apr 10

Jeremy Dell, University of Pennsylvania

Date: 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Rockefeller Hall 117, Harvard Divinity School

Free & open to the public | Lunch is provided

Unbraiding the Qu'ran: Wolofal and the Tafsīr Tradition of Senegambia
2019 Apr 23

Ousmane Kane, Harvard Divinity School

Date: 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Rockefeller Hall 117, Harvard Divinity School

Free & open to the public | Lunch is provided

Transformation of the Pilgrimage Tradition in West Africa
2019 Apr 30

Laura Cochrane, Central Michigan University

Date: 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Rockefeller Hall 117, Harvard Divinity School

Free & open to the public | Lunch is provided

Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal. London, New York: Routledge Press, 2017.
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