H-IslamInAfrica promotes scholarly research, both within and outside Africa, in all areas and disciplines of the social sciences and humanities relevant to Islam in Africa. We want to encourage international cooperation and facilitate the exchange of ideas and meaningful dialogue among persons engaged in research on Islam in Africa. Toward those ends, the network aims to:

  • Encourage the publication and dissemination of scholarly and artistic works as well as primary sources on Islamic studies and related topics.
  • Organize panels, symposia, and conferences on Islam in Africa at meetings of regional, national and international organizations.
  • And provide the general public with information on issues of historical, cultural, and contemporary interest in Islam in Africa.

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Applications Open for the MA in Muslim Cultures

Applications are welcome for the MA in Muslim Cultures at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC)​ in London.

The MA programme provides expert insight and deep understanding of Muslim cultures and civilisations, both in the historical and contemporary worlds. AKU-ISMC’s programme gives students the skills to engage critically, in original and creative ways, with the challenges faced by Muslim societies.

Andrea Brigaglia, Mauro Nobili, eds.
Wendell H. Marsh

Marsh on Brigaglia and Nobili, 'The Arts and Crafts of Literacy: Islamic Manuscript Cultures in Sub-Saharan Africa'

Andrea Brigaglia, Mauro Nobili, eds. The Arts and Crafts of Literacy: Islamic Manuscript Cultures in Sub-Saharan Africa. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017. 377 pp. $137.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-3-11-054140-3.

Reviewed by Wendell H. Marsh (Rutgers University-Newark) Published on H-IslamInAfrica (December, 2022) Commissioned by Saarah Jappie (Social Science Research Council)

Islam and Creativity in Popular Culture (Online)

This is a three-day online course that addresses the many new expressions of mass mediated creative arts that make reference to Islam. These expressions may be motivated by a wish to express an Islamic interpretation or spirituality, but they may also be for other reasons, such as from anti-racism or critical perspectives. Muslims, as well as non-Muslims, take part in this ongoing art making process.