2018-19 Academic Year


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


1.00-3.00 PM |  Rock 117





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”

Islam in Africa March 27

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"

Jeremy Dell April 10

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)

Islam in Africa April 17

Apr 24

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

will deliver a lecture titled " The colonial encounter and the making of secularized Shari'a in 20th century Mauritania"

May 1

Professor Kane will present his documentary: "The Transformation of the Pilgrimage Tradition in West Africa: Four Generations of African Pilgrims in the Muslim Holy Lands."

islam in africa


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