Keynote Lecture: The Transformation of the Pilgrimage Tradition in West Africa







Panel 1: Role of Sufi Orders in Maintaining Spiritual and Intellectual Links

Chair: Stephanie Paulsell, Harvard Divinity School

Armaan Sidiqi, Harvard University, “Perspectives on “Politicized Sufism”: A Case Study of the ṭarīqa QadīrīBoutchichiyya”
Jaison M. Carter, Harvard University, ”Black Muslimness Mobilized: A Study of West African Sufism in Diaspora”
Ariela Marcus-Sells, Elon University, “Technologies of Devotion in the works of Sidi Mukhtar al-Kunti”
Christine Thun-Nhi Dang, New York University, “The Politics of Love in African Performances of Sufi Poetry”


Panel 2: Prayers, Invocations, and the Talismanic Tradition

Chair: Kimberley C. Patton, Harvard Divinity School

James C. Riggan, Florida State University, “Qur’anic Exorcism in North and West Africa”
Zachary Wright, Northwestern University Qatar and Adam Larson, Weill Cornell University – Qatar,“Genealogy of Prayer Manuals 18th Century to the Present”
Paul Anderson, Harvard, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered: A Reconsideration of the Evil Eye and Ruqyah through Ethnographic Analysis”
Oludamini Ogunnaike, College of Williams and Mary, “Poetry in Praise of Prophetic Perfection: West African Madih Poetry and its Precedents”


Panel 3: Re-evaluating the Historic Core Curriculum

Chair: Charles Hallisey, Harvard Divinity School

Ismail Warcheid, CNRS France, “Scholarly Networks, Legal Debates, and Territorial Integration”
David Owen, Harvard University, “Of Radd and Sharḥ and Ṭurra: The Long and Late Dynamism of the African Commentary Tradition on Akhḍarī's Sullam on Avicennian Organon Logic”
Alexis Trouillot, Université Paris VII, “The Study of Mathematics in the Sahel from the 15thto the 20th C.”
Abubakar Abdulkadir, University of Alberta, Canada, “Poetry in West Africa and the Maghreb”


Panel 4: Jihadi Ideology: What is New, What is Not?

Chair: Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Harvard Divinity School

William Miles, Northeastern University, “Jihadism in Muslim West Africa in Historical Perspective”
Abdulbasit Kassim, Rice University, Jihadi-Salafism and the Vocabulary of Takfīr in the 21st Century Hausaland and Bornu”
Zekeria Ould Ahmed Salem, Northwestern University Evanston, “Assessing the Salafi Current in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania”
Anouar Boukhars, McDaniel College, “The Strategic Incentives for Insurgents to Embrace Extreme Ideology: The Case of the Sahel and Maghreb”


Panel 5: New Intellectual Connections

Chair: Jacob K. Olupona, Harvard Divinity School

Mansour Kedidir, CRASC Algeria, “Connections of Intellectuals in the Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa: Trajectories and Representations”
Fatima Harrak, Institute of African Studies, Rabat Morocco, “Research on Moroccan-African Relations at the Rabat Institute of African Studies”
Robert Parks, CEMA, Algeria, “American Research Centers in North Africa and Sahara-Sahel Studies”
Ebrima Sall, Trust Africa, Senegal “CODESRIA and the New Pan-Africanist Intellectual Connections Across the Sahara”


Conference Series 2018-19

West Africa and the Maghreb


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