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.

 
Andover Hall 117
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Events are free and open to the public
Lunch will be provided
 
 
 

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.

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.”

Mar 27

Ousmane Kane, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School and Professor Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

will deliver a lecture titled: “Transformation of the Pilgrimage Tradition in West Africa”

Apr 3

Hannah Hoechner, Lecturer University of East Anglia

will present her book: Quranic Schools in Northern Nigeria Everyday Experiences of Youth, Faith, and Poverty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. (not confirmed yet)

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

Pearl Robinson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Tufts University

will present and comment on her film Mama Kiota of Niger: "Leadership is Female, is African, is Muslim Woman"

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.

 

Spring 2019

Upcoming Events

2019 Mar 27

Ousmane Kane, Harvard Divinity School

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Andover Hall 117, Harvard Divinity School

Free & open to the public | Lunch is provided

Transformation of the Pilgrimage Tradition in West Africa
2019 Apr 03

Hannah Hoechner, University of Antwerp (tentative)

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Andover Hall 117, Harvard Divinity School

Free & open to the public | Lunch is provided

Quranic Schools in Northern Nigeria Everyday Experiences of Youth, Faith, and Poverty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. (not confirmed yet)

2019 Apr 10

Jeremy Dell, University of Pennsylvania

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Andover 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

Pearl Robinson, Tufts University

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Andover Hall 117, Harvard Divinity School

Free & open to the public | Lunch is provided

Mama Kiota of Niger: Leadership is Female, is African, is Muslim Woman
2019 Apr 30

Laura Cochrane, Central Michigan University

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Andover Hall 117, Harvard Divinity School

Free & open to the public | Lunch is provided

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