Islam in Africa
About the Course:
Africa is the only continent with a Muslim majority. More than a quarter of the world’s Muslims live in Africa—mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Americans tend to associate Islam with Arabs, but Africans greatly outnumber Arabs in the religion. There are more Muslims in Nigeria than in Egypt, more in Ethiopia than Iraq. 1/6th of the world’s Muslims reside in sub-Saharan Africa. How did this come to be? How has the adoption of Islam by Africans shaped their history? And, conversely, how have Africans shaped Islam? We will answer these questions by exploring 14 centuries of Islamic African history. But this is not only a history course. We will also explore Islam as a system of religious meaning by studying the teachings and writings of African Muslim men and women. Prior knowledge whether of Africa or Islam is neither presumed nor required.
Pre-requisites:No pre-requisites have been entered for this course.
Documents:View the course’s GauchoSpace page or the instructor’s page for documents: Butch Ware
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