Public Lecture at Wake Forest College

March 4, 2019
O. Kane

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: ZSR Library Auditorium

Professor Kane’s latest book titled “Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa.”

Timbuktu is famous as a great center of Muslim learning from Islam’s Golden Age. Beyond Timbuktu charts the rise of Muslim learning in West Africa from the beginning of Islam
to the present day, examining the shifting contexts that have influenced the production and dissemination of Islamic knowledge - and shaped the sometimes conflicting interpretations of Muslim intellectuals - over the course of centuries. Highlighting the significant breadth and versatility of the Muslim intellectual tradition in sub-Saharan Africa, Ousmane Kane corrects  lingering misconceptions in both the West and the Middle East that Africa’s Muslim heritage represents a minor thread in Islam’s larger tapestry.