Postgraduate Course: Islamic Africa (PGHC11509)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Although home to a quarter of the world's Muslim population, Africa is often overlooked in conventional histories of the Islamic world. Yet African figures were critical to the emergence of Islam at its inception and have continued to play a pivotal role over the course of its growth into a "world religion." This course will explore the place of Islam in Africa and the place of Africa in Islam, introducing students to key figures, movements and moments in the more than 1,000 years of Islamic history in Africa.
This course will explore the history of Islam on the African continent via a set of connected themes and case studies. Topics may include the history of schooling, trade, urbanization and architecture, as well as transformations in labour, gender relations, Sufism and the law. We will also consider the place of Islam under colonialism, the relation of Muslim intellectuals to the postcolonial state in the age of the so-called War on Terror, and the broader relevance of Islam to the study of the African Diaspora. Course materials will range from 17th-century Arabic historical chronicles and legal texts in translation to examples drawn from of 20th-century Afro-Muslim visual and sonic cultures. While tilting geographically towards West Africa, the course will also cover South Africa and the Swahili Coast. Familiarity with Arabic and other African languages is welcome but not required, and it is hoped that this course will appeal to a range of students in History, African Studies, and Islamic Studies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Weekly reading responses posted on Discussion Forum (20%)
One 4-5000 word essay (80%)
||Students are expected to discuss their coursework with the Course Organiser at least once prior to submission, and are encouraged to do so more often. Meetings can take place with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment. Students will also receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the place of Islam in African history and the place of Africa in the history of Islam.
- Analyse the intellectual, economic, religious, and political linkages among Muslim communities across various regions of the continent.
- Synthesise different methodological approaches to the study of Islam in Africa employed by not only historians, but anthropologists, political scientists, and religious and legal scholars as well.
- Identify historical and contemporary questions that are not adequately addressed in the extant scholarship on Islam in Africa.
- Gain a base knowledge of African history and the study of Islam apart from the specific intersection of "Islam and Africa."
|Rudolph T. Ware, The Walking Qur'an: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa|
Michael A. Gomez, African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa
Bruce S. Hall, A History of Race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960
Fahad Ahmad Bishara, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean
Elke Stockreiter, Islamic Law, Gender, and Social Change in Post-Abolition Zanzibar
Cheikh Anta Babou, Fighting the Greater Jihad: Amadu Bamba and the Founding of the Muridiyya of Senegal, 1853-1913
Muhammad Sani Umar, Islam and Colonialism: Intellectual Responses of Muslims of Northern Nigeria to British Colonial Rule
Henri Lauzière, The Making of Salafism
Ousmane Kane, Muslim Modernity in Postcolonial Nigeria
Ousseina Alidou, Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger
Gabeba Baderoon, Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-Apartheid
Sylviane A. Diouf, Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- The ability to accurately synthesise significant amounts of new information on unfamiliar topics.
- The ability to participate in scholarly debates by identifying and assessing competing lines of argumentation in both oral and written forms.
- The ability to work independently and as part of a group.
|Course organiser||Dr Jeremy Dell
Tel: (0131 6)50 4476
|Course secretary||Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948