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African Online Digital Library
- Project of Michigan State University, IFAN, and WARC. http://www.aodl.org/
Sampling from L'Institut Fondemental
d'Afrique Noire, IFAN (historical photographs),
Collection Boubacar Barry (historical writings on the Futa Jalon from
Professor of History Barry,
Phil Curtin Collection (photographs, audio interview on his work on economic
change in precolonial Senegambia in the era of the slave trade, Bundu),
Photographs from “Passport
to Paradise’: Sufi Arts of Senegal and Beyond (the "urban
visual culture of the Mourides, a Senegalese Sufi movement centered upon
the life and teachings of a local saint named Sheikh Amadou Bamba"),
Mosques of Bondoukou (photographs) and
Futa Toro, Senegal and Mauritania ("The Fulbe people have played
a prominent role in West African history, and a complete
background on the Fuuta Tooro Oral History Project is available." Plus
interviews in Pulaar). [KF]
- African Religion
- Wim van Binsbergen
- Full text articles and photographs on "(1) popular Islam in North
Africa; (2) historical African religion in South Central Africa; (3) Christian
churches in South Central and Southern Africa; (4) historical African religion
in West Africa; (5) historical African religion in Southern Africa..."
Has a forum on "on anthropological and intercultural-philosophical
aspects of African religion." See also his site Wim
van Binsbergen. van Binsbergen is a Professor at Erasmus University,
Rotterdam and a certified spirit medium/ diviner/ priest in the sangoma
tradition of Southern Africa. http://www.shikanda.net/african_religion/
- African Studies Centre, Leiden - Islam in Nigeria
- "the Library, Documentation and Information Department of the African
Studies Centres aims to provide background information on the history
of Islam and Islamic law in Nigeria. It contains a selection of titles from
the library catalogue, an introduction on Islam in Nigeria, and a selection
of links to relevant web resources." Includes journal
- African Studies Centre, Leiden - Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Citations to books, journal articles, web resources from the last 20 years. The dossier was compiled to coincide with the conference on 'Islam,
Disengagement of the State, and Globalization in Sub-Saharan Africa''
Paris 12-13 May 2005. Includes book jackets from selected titles. http://www.ascleiden.nl/Library/Webdossiers/IslamInAfrica.aspx
- African Traditional
Religion - Chidi Denis Isizoh
- Isizoh's site has full-text articles such as "The
Role of Women in African Traditional Religion" by John Mbiti,
"Crime & African Traditional Religion" by S.A. Adewale, articles
on Christianity, Islam and African religions and a 49 page
bibliography of books and articles. http://afrikaworld.net/afrel/
- Afriques (Paris)
- In French and English. E-journal published by Centre d’études des mondes africains, Paris, France. "une revue internationale d’histoire des mondes africains, qui privilégie les époques antérieures au XIXe siècle" Issue No. 1, Printemps 2010 has the theme Les chemins de l’identité en Afrique du XVe au XXe siècle. Indexes - author, keyword, geographic entity. http://afriques.revues.org/
- ArchNet: Islamic Architecture Community
- "online community for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects,...". Find full text books and many photographs, by country. Course syllabi, such as Seminar in African Art and Culture Art, Architecture and Tradition; Building Identity in West Africa (Dr. Peter Mark). From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning. http://archnet.org
Books include -
- Zanzibar: A Plan for the Historic Stone Town. By Bianca, Stefano & Francesco Siravo. 1996.
Mosque Architecture in Buganda, Uganda. By Timothy Insoll. 1997. Chapter in Muqarnas XIV: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World. Gülru Necipoglu (ed). Leiden: E.J. Brill, 177-189. In PDF.
- Association of Religion Data Archives
- National profiles for each country. Can compare two countries. Need to use statistifcal programs (SPSS, Stata) to use some data files. Use Quick Lists to compare nations, regions, government and religion. International maps (African continent, countries). Some rankings are puzzling - assigning high religious persecution to Uganda when a U.S. State Dept 2011 report says " There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation" in Uganda. Based at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, [KF] http://www.thearda.com/
- Barnes, Andrew - Aryanizing Projects, African Collaborators and Colonial Transcripts
- Full text article. 15 p. in PDF. On British colonial policy re northern Nigeria, Islam, the Fulani, Christian missionaries. Footnotes. In Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Vol. XVII, No. 2, 1997. Published by Duke University Press. [KF] http://www.cssaame.ilstu.edu/issues/V17-2/BARNES.pdf
Boubacar - Collection Boubacar Barry
- In French. (Historical
writings on the Futa Jalon from the collection of Professor Boubacar Barry.
Digitized by the West African Research Center, Dakar Senegal). From the African
Online Digital Library, a project
of Michigan State University, IFAN, and WARC. http://www.aodl.org/barry.php
- Histoire de la région de Boké. Monographie
du Rio Numez.
J. FIGAROL. D'avril 1911 ŕ fin 1912. 117 pages, in MS Word. "Located in
the mountains of today's Guinea Conakry,.....,
the Futa became an Islamic state (using the expression Almamate, from
"imam") over the course of the 18th century as Fulbe (Fulani) lineages
mobilized their supporters against a variety of Mandinka chiefdoms
who had dominated the area."
Rapport sur l'Expédition de la Haute Gambie. Author unknown. Publication
date unknown. 44 pages, in MS Word.
Broadcasting Company. The Story of Africa
- "the history of the continent from an African perspective."
"from the origins of humankind to the end of South African apartheid"
by major African historians (Jacob Ajayi, George Abungu, Director-General
of the National Museums of Kenya and others). Includes a page on Islam,
has audio clips of each segment of the BBC program. (Requires sound card,
speaker or headphone). Each segment has a timeline, bibliography, useful
- Bugaje, Usman Muhammad
- Contains full text conference papers and other studies by Bugaje.
Topics include Muslims and Islam in Nigeria, women and Islam, Islamic
education in Katsina State, Usman Dan Fodio, the Sokoto Caliphate, governance,
education, and the Hajj, the U.S. and the Middle East. [KF] http://www.webstar.co.uk/~ubugaje/
- Columbia International Affairs Online
- Subscribers only; many universities subscribe. Use their
to locate many full text articles, reports, briefings, by keyword, author,
date, institution. Examples - "Chemical Weapons in the Sudan:
Allegations and Evidence" by Michael Barletta; "Christianity
and Islam in Africa's Political Experience: Piety, Passion and Power"
Ali A. Mazrui; "Religion and Conflict in Sudan: A Non-Muslim
Minority in the Muslim State" by Yehudit Ronen. http://www.ciaonet.org/
- Communaute Layene / Layene Brotherhood
- In French, English, Italian, Arabic. Official site of the Layene Brotherhood, an Islamic sect, founded by Seydina Limamou LAYE ((1843-1909) who declared himself the Mahdi. Biography & genealogy of Seydina Limamou LAYE born in Senegal. Who is the Mahdi? The Caliphs of the Mahdi, Early Disciples of the Mahdi, The Holy Places, Religous Practices, Sermons. Bibliography. [KF] http://www.layene.sn/
A Haverford College student, Matthew Kearney, has a website on the Layene Brotherhood.
- Djenné Patrimoine
- In French. Site of the Association pour la promotion du patrimoine
culturel de Djenné. Full text articles from its bulletin, DJENNE PATRIMOINE Informations. Photographs showing repairing / maintaining the mosque. Sketches of Djenne by Pierre Ducoloner. Called the city of 313 saints, has a map showing locations of tombs of saints. Based in Djenné,
Mali. [KF] http://www.djenne-patrimoine.asso.fr
- First Ismaili Electronic Library
and Database (FIELD)
- Has the full text of speeches
given on visits to Africa by Prince Karim Aga Khan IV (also Shah Karim Al-Husseini).
There are interviews,
graphics of stamps
commemorating the Aga Khan architecture award, etc.
Foundation. Secrets of the Sahara. By Christopher Reardon
of the Sahara is a well-written account of efforts by Mali
scholars to preserve manuscripts from the 14th century
onwards. "Dozens of families in Timbuktu are working to preserve a
trove of ancient manuscripts that may redefine the history of Islam
and Africa." "Many of the ancient texts date back to
the Songhaï empire, a prosperous kingdom that peaked
in the 15th and 16th centuries." Topics cover "astronomy, mathematics,
medicine and geography. There are poems and folk tales." http://www.fordfound.org/publications/ff_report/
- George Mason University. Center for History and New Media - Women in World History
- Primary sources about women and gender with guidelines to using primary sources. Sources include excerpts from the 17th c. Journal of Jan van Riebeeck, letters of the grand-daughter of Jan van Riebeeck, rock art of the San, drawings, narrative of the Cape (Southern Africa) 1705 to 1713, the situation of slaves in the Cape, letter of Mary Moffat, narrative by Mary Kingsley, autobiography of Buchi Emecheta, African novels, excerpt from Tsitsi Dangarembga's novel Nervous Conditions. http://chnm.gmu.edu/wwh/index.html
a case study by Beverly Mack on Nana Asma'u, Muslim Woman Scholar and one by Jeremy D. Popkin, The Calling of Katie Makanya (South Africa 1873-1956) and a classroom module on Cultural Contact in Southern Africa (17th century including slavery).
Holds online forums for teachers; the forum beginning October 1, 2005 is Women in World History. Beginning November 2005 is a forum on Women in Africa.
- Hanretta, Sean - "Islam and Postemancipation in French West Africa:
Exploring the History of Yacouba Sylla"
PDF. (scroll almost half way down). In Items & Issues, Vol. 3, Nos. 1-2, Spring 2002. Pub. by the Social Science Research Council, New York,
- Hunwick, John - "The Same but Different: Approaches to Slavery
and the African Diaspora in the Lands of Islam"
- Full text in
Adobe PDF format, in the Saharan Studies Association Newsletter,
V. 7, No. 1/2, Dec. 1999. Keynote address, Workshop on Slavery and the African
Diaspora in the Lands of Islam, Northwestern Univ. 1999. On the web site
of the Saharan Studies Association.
- Imam amd the Pastor
- Produced by FLTfilms, London. "The film’s protagonists, Imam Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa and Pastor James Movel Wuye, have first-hand experience of the violence, both as victims and as militia members. Close relatives of Ashafa were killed by Christians; Wuye lost his hand when Muslims tried to kill him. Today they are joint Directors of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in northern Nigeria’s main city, Kaduna." Executive Producer: David Channer. Producer/Director: Alan Channer; Assistant Producer: Imad Karam. http://www.fltfilms.org.uk/
Article in For a Change magazine (Dec. 2006/Jan. 2007). http://www.forachange.co.uk/index.php?stoid=876
Article from Initiatives of Change USA (formerly Moral Re-Armament)
Article - Nigeria: From Rivalry to Brotherhood, March 2006
Obituary of David Channer (Executive Producer & father of Alan Channer)http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/article1771813.ece
- Interfaith Mediation Center (Kaduna, Nigeria)
- "founded in May 1995 by former militant religious youth activists, to address the issue of ethno-religious conflicts, which has been a source of instability in the world, particularly in our country Nigeria." Papers such as religion, peace and violence in West Africa: Islamic solution (2002), Achieving a lasting peace on the Plateau (2002, Strategies for mass action against corruption, economic crimes and financial crimes in Nigeria (2003). http://www.interfaithng.org/
See also The Imam and the Pastor, a documentary.
African History Sourcebook - Paul Halsall
- Has full-text sources for African history arranged by topics. Includes
Islam in Africa, ancient Egyptian religion, Ethiopia and Christianity, African
traditional religion. Maintained by Paul
Halsall, Fordham University. [KF] http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/africa/africasbook.html
to Islam, by M. Cherif Bassiouini
- The full text of the book (Chicago: Rand McNally Corp., 1988). "The
purpose of this book is to convey to a non-Muslim audience an understanding
of Islam, its history, culture, and contribution to civilization."
Includes photographs (students
in Mali, etc.), sections on women in Islam, the Islamic calendar, fasting
during Ramadan, Islamic fundamentalism, architecture, science, etc. The
author is Professor of Law, DePaul University. [KF] http://www2.ari.net/gckl/islam/introislam.htm
- Islam and Africa,
Conference, April 19-22, 2001, Binghamton, New York
- Islam and Africa: A Global, Cultural and Historical Perspective. Conference
hosted by the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University,
Binghamton, New York. http://www.maroc.net/IslaminAfrica/
in Africa Map - University of Texas, Austin. Library
- Shows predominantly Muslim countries and coutnries with significant Muslim
minorities. The map does not designate South Africa which has significant
Muslim communities. From the Perry Casteneda Library Map Collection, Univ.
of Texas at Austin. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/africa/africa_islam_87.jpg
- Islam in Africa Newsletter
- Published by PRISM, Project for the Research of Islamist Movements. "analyzes information, political, religious, and social developments, events, or documents on Radical Islam and Islamic movements in Africa." See Vol. 1, No. 2, June 2006. Based at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel. http://www.e-prism.org/
Beginning June 28, 2006 there was some criticism on the discussion list, H-Africa regarding the contents of some of the articles.
- Islam in Africa Watch
- "A blog about Islam and Muslims in the Black Continent." Includes "preliminary sources in Arabic, which have been taken from Jihadi forums, on the issue of Africa and Islam in Africa; News from around the continent ..... and preliminary sources taken from websites of Shiite, Sufi, and radical Muslim organizations throughout Africa." Maintained by Moshe Terdman, a senior research fellow at PRISM which studies radical Islam. http://islaminafrica.wordpress.com/
- Islam in
- Curriculum information for K-12 on the web site of the Office of Resources
for International and Area Studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley. http://www.ias.berkeley.edu/orias/Islam.html
- Islam Tanzania
- In Swahili and English. About Islam and Muslims in Tanzania. "African
Islam in Tanzania" by Abdulaziz Y. Lodhi and David Westerlund covers
history, organizations, a bibliographical essay. Has other articles and
links to related sites. Has full text articles from the Swahili journal,
and from An-nuur,
weekly Kiswahili magazine from Dar es Salaam. Has full text of the book,
and the political future of Tanzania by Hamza M. Njozi. [KF] http://www.igs.net/~kassim/
- Islamic Family Law
- Islamic family law is "the most widely applied family law system
in the world today,..." The project seeks to "explore and substantiate
possibilities of reform within particular communities of Muslims in their
own context." For each country covered, provides a history,
legal practices, effects on women, a bibliography. Full text of
"Domestic Violence and Shari’a: A Comparative
Study of Muslim Societies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia" by Lisa
Hajjar. From the Emory University, School of Law. [KF] http://www.law.emory.edu/IFL/
- Journal of Religion
- "...founded in 1967 by Andrew Walls. In 1985 the editorship was taken
over by Adrian Hastings, who retired in 1999. It is interested in all religious
traditions and all their forms, in every part of Africa,..." Libraries
pay $172 a year. Published by Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands.
of Religious History
- Table of contents only. Volume 23, Number 1, February 1999 was a Special
Issue: Africans Meeting Missionaries, edited by Jean Landau and Derek Peterson,
with papers presented at a conference at the University of Minnesota in
1997. Pub. by Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, U.K. http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0022-4227
- Kane, Ousmane - Intellectuels non europhones
- Full text. 78 p. in PDF. (Dakar, Sénégal : Codesria, c2003) In French. On Muslim intellectuals. Part of CODESRIA - Full Text Books Online http://www.codesria.org/Links/Publications/monographs.htm
- Khidmatul Khadim
- "The Official Home Page of Islam-Al-Muridiyyah"
- "an association of Murid Daahira, organizations and individuals that
provides a common platform for presenting Islam-Al-Muridiyya. Our purpose
is to support the Murid communities worldwide in developing religious, educational
and business outreach programs." Includes biographical information
on Shaykh Ahmad Al Baki (Ahmad Bamba Mbacke), the holy
city of Touba, the the Murid educational system, how to
promote Shaykh Ahmad Bamba Day, and a link to American
African Financial International of America. Maintained by Khadimu Rassul
Society, Inc., New York City. [KF] http://www.khidmatulkhadim.org/
of the Medieval Sudan
- An introduction to the history of Sudanic Africa (the states of Songhay,
Kanem-Bornu, and Hausaland.) Discusses trade and Islam. Photographs by Lucy
Johnson illustrate - Images of Islam (Grand Mosque at Jenne), River Scenes,
Daily Life, The Dogon, Traditions and Beliefs, The Desert. Has multiple-choice
tests. Project arises from a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to Xavier
University's Center for the Advancement of Teaching (New Orleans, LA). Site
by J. Rotondo-McCord. [KF] http://webusers.xula.edu/jrotondo/Kingdoms/
- International project to preserve ancient Islamic manuscripts in Timbuktu.
"There are an estimated sixty to eighty private collections of historical
manuscripts in the city of Timbuktu alone."
- Projects include:
ARELMAT, Archivage Electronique des Manuscrits de Tombouctou
Institute des Hautes Etudes et de la Recherche Islamique - Ahmed Baba, Timbuktu
"Scholars of Peace: The Islamic Tradition and Historical Conflict
Resolution in Timbuktu" by Dr. Mahmoud Zouber, Abdoul Kader Haidara,
Mamadou Diallo, Dr. Stephanie Diakité (5 p.) - full text, in Adobe
PDF, of an account of 15th-18th century scholars in Timbuktu and the
role of Islamic scholars and leaders in conflict resolution.
- Library of Congress - Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu
- "Dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries, the
ancient manuscripts... are indicative of the high level of civilization
attained by West Africans during the Middle Ages." "The manuscripts...are
from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni
Baye of Boujbeha,..." Has images of the documents which concern Islamic
knowledge of astronomy, law, the Songhai Empire, slavery, Sufi religion,
mathematics, political governance, medical knowledge, attitude
towards non-Muslims, trade. [KF] http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/mali/
- Library of Congress - Islamic Manuscripts from Mali
- "twenty-two Islamic
manuscripts [in Arabic script] containing important insights into the life and culture of
West Africans during the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Era." Topics include astrology, commerce, Islamic law, health care, mysticism,
slavery, and agriculture. A project of the Library of Congress and the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library of Timbuktu, Mali. Includes maps - Timbuktu in Space and Time, a history of Timbuktu as an Islamic cultural center, and Timbuktu architecture. http://international.loc.gov/intldl/malihtml/malihome.html
- Lodhi, Abdulaziz Y. - The Institution of Slavery in Zanzibar and
- (Research Report 16) 43 p. Uppsala, Sweden, Scandivavian Institute of
African Studies (now Nordiska Afrikainstitutet),
1973. Full text report, in
Adobe pdf. Appendix I: Categories of Africans and Arabs. [KF] http://www.nai.uu.se/publications/books/book.xml?id=25051
- Lusotopie (Paris)
- From the Association des chercheurs de la revue Lusotopie. Pub.
by Editions Karthala, Paris. Abstracts in French, Portuguese, English. Full
text articles on-line. Annual academic journal first published in
1994. Political analysis of Portuguese-speaking countries. Search by keyword
across all issues in English, Portuguese, and French. http://www.cean.u-bordeaux.fr/lusotopie/
e proselitismo na Guiné-Bissau. Reflexões sobre o insucesso
do proselitismo no Oio e na província Leste. Concerns the Muslim
zone of Guinea-Bissau.
in the Service of Colonialism ? Portuguese Strategy during the Armed Liberation
Struggle in Mozambique.
- Maps Relating
to Islam's Historical Development
- Are from the web site for the course "Introduction
to Islamic Religion" of Barbara
R. von Schlegell, Univ. of Pennsylvania. Examples are -
- c. A.D. 1500
c. A.D. 1300 -
- Masonen, Pekka - "Not
Quite Venus from the Waves: The Almoravid Conquest of Ghana in the Modern
Historiography of Western Africa"
- Full text article, [co-authored with Humphrey J. Fisher], from History
in Africa, Vol. 23, 1996, pp. 197-232. The article "focuses on
the alleged Almoravid conquest of Ghana in 1076 AD and the spread of
Islam in the Sudanic Africa." "This version is not identical
to the printed version of 1996. Several printing errors are corrected and
there are a few additions, including subtitles. The arguments are, however,
unchanged." "...there is no direct evidence for any conquest,
still less a violent and destructive conquest, of Ghana by the Almoravids.
The conquest hypothesis is a European creation." On Dr.
Masonen's web site. http://www.uta.fi/~hipema/Venus.htm
- Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology - Somalia Reports
- Institute members working on Somalia / Somaliland include Jutta Bakonyi, Luca Ciabarri, Markus V. Höhne, Günther Schlee. The Institute is in Halle/Saale, Germany. http://www.eth.mpg.de/
Working Papers include -
Höhne, Markus V. - Traditional Authorities in Northern Somalia: Transformation of powers and positions. (29 p. in pdf). Working Paper, 82.
Schlee, Günther. - Regularity in Chaos: The politics of difference in the recent history of Somalia (34 p. in pdf).
Working Paper, 18.
Schlee, Günther. - Competition and Exclusion in Islamic and Non-Islamic Societies: an essay on purity and power. (26 p. in pdf). Working Paper, 52.
Ali - Islam in Africa
- The World Affairs Council of Northern
California has an audio lecture (requires sound card, speakers or headset)
by Professor Ali Mazrui on Islam
in Africa (April 2002). http://www.itsyourworld.org/
- The Meanings of Timbuktu - Edited by Shamil Jeppie and Souleymane Bachir Diagne
- Full text of the book is online. 416 pages. HSRC Press, 2008. Topics include Arabic calligraphy, Arabic literature, Ajami, Muslim women scholars, Mali manuscripts, Arabic material in Zanzibar, etc. [KF] http://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/product.php?productid=2216
- Metropolitan Museum of Art. Timeline of Art History
- The African Art section covers different regions (Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Guinea Coast, Southern Africa, Western & Central Sudan, Archaeology & Rock Art). Maps, bibliographies, timeline for the continent. Explanations of features in the works depicted. Covers pre-colonial African empires & kingdoms, Islam in Africa, Christianity in Ethiopia and the Kongo Kingdom, African leadership, women, Trade among European and African precolonial nations, etc. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/splash.htm
- Middle East Research & Information
Project, MERIP (Washington, D.C.)
- MERIP is a a non-profit, non-governmental organization, over 30 years
old. Use the Search to locate articles on the Sudan such as "Migration,
Modernity and Islam in Rural Sudan" by Victoria Bernal and
and the US," by Dan Connell. [KF] http://www.merip.org/
- MIT Libraries - Islamic
Architecture, Art, and Urbanism
- Guide to text resources (bibliographies, journals, databases) and visual resources (includes the Aga Khan Visual Archive. Some of its images are in Archnet. See Archnet's Digital Library for photographs of mosques and other buildings). From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Mountain Voices
- A rich resource. "interviews with over 300 people who live
in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer
a personal perspective on change and development." To access the interviews,
one needs to register and fill out a questionnaire. Interviews from Lesotho,
Kenya, Ethiopia, gathered by the Oral Testimony Programme of the
Panos Institute. Topics discussed include agriculture, community, conflict,
culture, development, economics, education, employment, environment, family
life, festivals, food security, forestry, gender, health, history, identity,
industry, crime, land, migration, politics, spiritual beliefs, tourism,
etc. [KF] http://www.mountainvoices.org/
- New York Public Library - African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
- From the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL. "...original essays...by the historian Omar H. Ali... dozens of images of paintings and photographs..., maps, and segments of documentaries." East Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Perisan Gulf, South Asia, East Asia. Video from From Africa to India: Sidi Music in the Indian Ocean Diaspora. Bibliography (books, articles, films). http://exhibitions.nypl.org/africansindianocean/
University. Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa, ISITA
- "The principle objectives of ISITA are: 1. Preserving, and disseminating
information on, African Arabic manuscript libraries......."
Has photographs from Timbuktu, the Mamma Haidara Library, and the Kati Family
Library. "Africa is the home of roughly one quarter of the world's
one 1.2 billion Muslim population. Approximately half of the population
of Africa is Muslim, some countries being 90-100% Muslim, and every country
having at least a significant Muslim minority of 5-10%." http://www.northwestern.edu/isita/index2.html
Has the Report from the Fourth Annual International Colloquium, "Gender and Islam in Africa: Discourses, Practices, and Empowerment of Women," held May 20-22, 2004 (4 p.) http://www.northwestern.edu/african-studies/programs_isia.html
to Paradise: Visualizing Islam in West Africa and the Mouride Diaspora
- Exhibition on "the Mourides, a mystical Muslim movement originating
in Senegal, West Africa." Topics, illustrated by paintings and other
media, include the rise of Islam, a biography of Amadu Bamba, the Mouride
work ethic, Mouride women, the Mouride global networks, the saint's tomb
- the devotional sanctum of Serigne Faye with paintings by Assane Dione.
- a Mouride mosque and residential complex made entirely of straw
- followers of Sheikh Ibra Fall who are "apostles of hard work"
A book and an educational program accompnay the exhibit organized by the
Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles.
For teachers there is a curriculum
guide and online
exhibition featuring biographies of the artists.http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/paradise/main001.htm
- Pouwels, Randall L.
- Professor of African and Islamic history at the University
of Central Arkansas. Ph.D. from UCLA (1979) with a specialty in Eastern
Africa history. Publishes on East African history, the history of Islam
in Africa, including Horn and Crescent, Cultural Change and Traditional
Islam on the East African Coast, 800-1900. Co-edited The History of Islam
in Africa. Current research is on the history of East Africa and the
Indian Ocean in the 'middle' period, 1498-1840. http://www.uca.edu/divisions/academic/history/faculty_info/pouwels.htm
- PRISM, Project for the Research of Islamist Movements
- On "Islamic and Islamist movements in the social, cultural, ideological, and political fields..." Publishes Islam in Africa Newsletter. See Vol. 1, No. 2, June 2006. Also has an Occasional Papers series - (PRISM Occasional Papers vol. 4, 2006 No. 2 -- Africa - The Gold Mine of Al-Qaeda, and other papers. Based at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel. http://www.e-prism.org/
Beginning June 28, 2006 there was some criticism on the discussion list, H-Africa regarding the contents of some of the articles.
- Religiously Remapped: Mapping Religious Trends in Africa - Eugene Carl Adogla
- Religious profiles for 54 African countries. 22 maps show the predominant religion, the main minority religion, Christianity, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Sunnis, Shia and other branches of Islam, traditional religions, Baha'i, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Atheism, religious freedom, religion and conflict, interesting religious facts, religious change. Includes references. Completed 2007 by Eugene Adogla, funded by a Stanford University grant. http://www.religiouslyremapped.info/
- Reynolds, Jonathan T. - "Islam, Politics and Women's Rights"
- Full text article in
Adobe pdf. 9 p. "From 1950 to 1966, politics in Nigeria’s
predominantly Muslim Northern Region were dominated by
the conflict between the conservative Northern People’s Congress (NPC)
and the progressive Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU)." "What
roles did women play in each of the political parties? What was each party’s
stand on women’s suffrage and on such topics as women holding office?
How was each stand justified in terms of Islamic ideology?" In Comparative
Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Vol. 18, No.
1, 1998. [KF] http://www.cssaame.ilstu.edu/issues/V18-1/REYNOLDS.pdf
- Roskilde University - Indian Ocean as a Visionary Area Post-Multiculturalist Approaches to Culture and Globalisation
- "project ...to develop collaboration between researchers in Denmark, India and South Africa – as well as Nordic and European colleagues – engaged in studies of transnationalism and cultural exchanges around the Indian Ocean." Bibliography, Map, mailing list. Based at the Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark. http://www.ruc.dk/isg_en/IndianOcean/
M. A. Mohamed - Islamic NGOs in Africa: the Promise and Peril of Islamic
- Site asks for a username and password but the paper can be accessed regardless.
Abstract and full text paper. University of Copenhagen, Centre of African
Studies. Occasional Paper, March 2002. Includes a list of Islamic NGOs in
Africa and an extensive bibliography. [KF] http://www.teol.ku.dk/cas/NYHOMEPAGE/mapper/Occasional%20Papers/Occ_Salih.doc
- Sankore’ Institute of Islamic - African Studies
- "non-profit, non-political educational institution founded for the sole purpose of researching into the educational, political, cultural and religious heritage of Islamic Africa."was first conceived December 15, 1985..." It has been translating "Arabic and Ajami manuscripts of the Sokoto Caliphate from northern Nigeria..." Manuscripts are from Chad, Northern Nigeria, Mali. "S.I.I.A.S. has collected 1500 Arabic manuscripts and 48 Ajami manuscripts (Fulbe', Hausa, Wolof and Mande'). Of these, more than 50 have been translated and published by the institute" including the letter or autobiography of the enslaved Muslim Umar ibn Said. Holds classes in Houston, Tuskegee, Hartford, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. [KF] http://www.sankore.org/
- Schrijver, Paul - Bibliography on Islam in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa
- Published by the African Studies Centre, Leiden, Netherlands, 2006. (Research Report 82/2006). 285 pages. Also in PDF. Nominated for the 2008 Conover-Porter Award (African Studies Association). http://www.africabib.org/islam.htm
- Sharia Debates in Africa
- Sharia Debates and Their Perception by Christians and Muslims in Selected African Countries is a University of Bayreuth (Bayreuth, Germany) project on Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania. Includes reading lists. Has the full text of the 5 volumes of Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria 1999-2006: A Sourcebook. Compiled and edited by Philip Ostien. (Ibadan, Nigeria : Spectrum Books, 2007.) The "Internet edition includes additional documentary materials too voluminous for inclusion in the printed text." Maintained by Dr. Franz Kogelmann, Chair of Religious Studies, University of Bayreuth.. http://www.sharia-in-africa.net/
- Slavery and Manumission Manuscripts of Timbuktu
- "From the Bibliothèque Commémorative Mama Haidara in Timbuktu, Mali, a collection of 19th century manuscripts relating to slavery and manumission in Timbuktu. The materials, in Arabic script, provide documentation on Africans in slavery in Muslim societies." Browse the 206 mss. by subject. Project of the Center for Research Libraries, the Cooperative Africana Microform Project, CAMP, and Northwestern University. (CAMP)http://ecollections.crl.edu/cdm4/index_timbuktu.php?CISOROOT=/timbuktu
- South African History Online - Online Books
- Full text books. A very rich resource. Ex. - History of the Muslims in South Africa: A Chronology - By Ebrahim Mahomed Mahida. http://www.sahistory.org.za/pages/library-resources/library-search.htm
- [Taha] Republican Thought -
Ustadh Mahmoud Mohammed Tahad
- In English and Arabic. The life and thought of Ustadh Mahmoud Mohammed
Taha. Biography of Taha, history of his Republican Party and movement and
his execution by the government in 1985.. The texts of his books in Arabic,
interviews, letters. About Islam, Islam in the Sudan, education
, etc. [KF] http://www.alfikra.org/
- This Far by Faith:
African-American Spiritual Journeys
- Site for the TV program. Site does not work in some older browsers. Includes
a profile of Olaudah Equiano, an essay on Religion
in Africa (includes Islam),
and a timeline beginning with 1526: the first North American slave revolt.
Estimated Number of Africans Exported By Region, Estimated Number of Africans,
Imported to the Americas,1451-1870. "a co-production of Blackside Inc.
and The Faith Project, Inc. in association with the Independent Television
Service. [KF] http://www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/
- Tierno Bokar
- Site for the play directed by Peter Brook adapted from Amadou
Hampate Ba's book, Vie et enseignement de
Tierno Bokar: le sage de Bandiagara. The U.S. premiere
was at Columbia University. "Tierno Bokar (1875-1939) was a Sufi sage,...
and a spiritual leader in his village in Mali.
His clan, exponents of repeating a Sufi prayer 12 times, was embroiled in a
debate with a rival clan that advocated repeating it 11 times, a debate that
devolved into a conflict
over power and leadership in the Tijani Sufi Order. Video clips and
transcripts of interviews. Site at Columlbia University, New York city. [KF] http://www.tiernobokar.columbia.edu
States. Central Intelligence Agency. World Factbook
- Has older maps of Muslim distribution. https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
- United States Institute of Peace. Muslim World Initiative - Political Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Need for a New Research and Diplomatic Agenda
- By David Dickson. (SPECIAL REPORT 140). 2005. Includes statistics on the number of Muslims & Christians in West African and Greater Horn of Africa countries. Includes a map showing the Muslim population in Africa. (Also a PDF version in 12 pages). [KF]
- United States Institute of Peace - Personal Transformations: Moving from Violence to Peace
- By Renee Garfinkel. Full text report. About individuals who have abandoned extremism and become proponents of conciliation and peace. Includes short account of Northern Nigeria peacebuilding between Muslims and Christians. http://www.usip.org/pubs/specialreports/sr186.html
- University of Calgary - The Islamic World to 1600.
- "From the introduction to the first millennium of Islamic history" Includes under Regional Dynasties, a section on West Africa. Developed by the Applied History Research Group, University of Calgary. http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/islam/ also in hisreligion
- University of California
Press - eScholarship Editions
- Many full text books online. Some titles open only to University of California users. Browse by subjects African History (over 20 titles) and African Studies (over 50 titles). http://content.cdlib.org/escholarship/
Titles open to all include -
Beyond the Stream: Islam and Society in a West African Town. Author: Robert G. Launay Published: University of California Press, 1992
of Texas (Austin), Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection - Africa Maps
- The Univ. of Texas has an Islam
in Africa map which can be zoomed. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/africa.html
- West African Arabic Manuscript
- A bi-lingual union catalog of records for over 20,000 Arabic manuscripts
from West Africa. Find citations by authors, nicknames, titles, subjects.
Includes manuscripts from Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Northern Nigeria and
from collections in Paris and Northwestern Univ. The documents represent
"the literary activity of Muslim literati in the Sahel region during
the approximately 150 years prior to colonial conquest." Charles C.
Stewart, Professor, Department of History, University of Illinois, Champaign
is General Editor. [KF] http://westafricanmanuscripts.org/
- White Fathers / Pères
Blancs / Société des Missionnaires d'Afrique
- In French and English. "The Society of the Missionaries of Africa
(White Fathers) was born in Algeria, founded in 1868 by Mgr Charles Lavigerie,
archbishop of Algiers." Includes statistics
on members, list of White Fathers martyrs
(died violent deaths), work in Africa, relations
with Islam, their journal, Voix
d'Afrique, and other
publications, historical photographs,
directory of addresses /
emails, etc. [KF] http://www.africamission-mafr.org/
- Wonders of the African World
- Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
- Covers Black Pharaohs, Meroe, Gedi, the Swahili People,
Zanzibar, the Ashanti and Dahomey (Benin) Kingdoms, Aksum, Gondar, the Churches
of Lalibela, the Dogon, Grand Mosque of Djenne, Empires
of Mali & Ghana, the Tuareg, Great Zimbabwe, a 1,000 year old South
African city - Mapangubwe, the Shona People, etc. Site based on the TV series
hosted by Prof.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Harvard Univ.) Includes a kids' activity page,
teachers' lesson plans, audio clips. http://www.pbs.org/wonders/
- For comments on H-Africa about the TV series, see: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~africa/threads/index.html#Films In the Film section, page down to "Wonders of the African World".
A Preliminary Critique from Prof. Ali Mazrui and Black Orientalism. http://igcs.binghamton.edu/igcs_site/dirton2.htm
(Central Connecticut State University) Vol. 7, No. 1, Winter 2000 on the
York Times book review by William Langewiesche.
West Africa Review, Special issues of the e-journal on the TV series.
Vol. 1, No. 2, Jan. 2000.
Vol. 1, No. 2a, March 2000.
- Woodrow Wilson Center
- Promotes "dialogue between scholars and policymakers in Washington,
DC and around the world. .....organizes public conferences and discussions
in Washington, DC and offers fellowships and residencies to African and
American scholars focusing on public policy in Africa wishing
to study at the Wilson Center. The Africa Program has an Occasional
Papers series. Papers include, Women, Muslim Laws and Human
Rights in Nigeria. Based in Washington, D.C. http://www.wilsoncenter.org/africa
- Malam Haliru Muhammad Wurno
- " Malam Haliru Muhammad Wurno was a historian who lived in Wurno
Nigeria, sometime capital of the Sokoto Caliphate and final resting place
of Sultan Muhammad Bello and other rulers and Wazirs of the Caliphate."
The documents are in Arabic and posted by Prof. John Edward Philips who
hopes that site visitors will contribute to this experiment in web publication
of a collective translation of Haliru's writings. Prof. Philips teaches
at Hirosaki University in Japan. http://human.cc.hirosaki-u.ac.jp/philips/Haliru/haliru.htm
- Yattara, Almamy Maliki and Bernard
Salvaing - Almamy : une jeunesse sur les rives du fleuve Niger
- In French. Preface by Adame Ba Konari. (Imprint: Brinon-sur-Sauldre :
Grandvaux, 2000. 443 p.) "Almamy Yattara, born in Mali in about 1922,
tells the story of his childhood and youth in Guimballa, a region to the
south-west of Timbuctoo. At the same time as he was pursuing his higher
education in Islamic studies with great masters, he learned about agriculture,
stock breeding, commerce, fishing, hunting, living in a world where the
supernatural and the everyday are inextricably linked." "He presents
an unusual light on the encounter between Islam and colonisation
in a region of Mali still hardly affected by modern and colonial
influences. Has extracts from the book, photos, reviews of
the book. http://salvaing.free.fr
Bibliography on Islam in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa.
Leiden : African Studies Centre, c2006.
Series: (Research report / African Studies Centre ; 82/2006)
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