Call for Papers
January 22, 2021 to April 10, 2021
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Arabic History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, World History / Studies, Humanities



In Africa, scholarly works have emphasised how complex it is to find uniform and singular approach to analyse everyday Muslim life. The African continent is extremely wide to have one expression of Muslim life, to what extent is the diversity varied, implicit and explicit. With the histories of famous institutions of learning such as Al Azhar University, Cairo since the tenth century, as well as others in Timbuktu, Morocco and elsewhere, there were profound civilisations in the past. Islamic learning was part of everyday Muslim life especially along the Trans Saharan trade routes and through the Indian Ocean centuries before the colonial era. This influenced how Islam spread to various societies in Africa. The Muslim life vary across Africa and they are influenced by several factors.

From dressing to occupational engagements, culture and environment influence the identities of Muslims across Africa. Identity of Muslims is much about the historical consciousness that has defined territories along geographies, language, climate and colonial experiences. Mostly, colonial experiences create a sharp difference as there are contemporary Muslim societies influenced by French, English, Portuguese, Arab and even Indian and Indonesian cultures. These cultures manifest in the identity expression of everyday Muslim life in the South, North, West, East and Central Africa. For example, colonial experiences have shaped the perception about western education where in Muslim life is defined in the contexts of colonial affiliation. The dichotomies created gives an impression of identities such as Mozambican Portuguese Muslim, East African Arab Muslim, Arab Muslims of North Africa, French-Arab African Muslims, French African Muslim, Indian East African Muslims, Indian South African Muslims, Indo-Dutch South African Muslims, and English African Muslims. In all these identities, language and cultural differences are peculiar. Several constructs feature, thus defies a singular approach to understand the Muslim life. In all, being a Muslim and an African are fundamental, yet the person and existence is driven by the five pillars of Islam.

Hence, to what extent has the Muslim life been resilient or influenced by colonialism and globalisation? In other words, what is the extent of conformism or dissonance from the various constructs that determine Muslim identity. How does being a Muslim matter in the social, political and economic spheres of African societies.

Chapter contributions are expected along these themes:


  • Histories and Epistemologies of Muslim Societies in Africa
  • Islamic Teachings and Education in African Societies
  • Islamic Jurisprudence and Sharia Development in African Societies
  • Dynamics of Leadership and Governance
  • Muslim Life and Religious Movements and Associations in Africa
  • Muslim Life in Secular and Islamic-oriented Universities in Africa
  • Muslims and Scientific Breakthrough in Africa
  • Muslim Professionals
  • Mosque Development
  • Architectural Design and Muslim Life
  • Dress Cultures of Muslims in Africa
  • Muslim Family Culture and Marital life in Africa
  • Traditional and Modern Versions of Muslim Parenting
  • Histories and Politics of Veiling
  • Muslim Festivals and African Culture
  • Gendered Perceptions and Belief
  • Modes of Entertainment, Celebration and Sports
  • Muslims and Peacebuilding in African Societies
  • Non-Muslim Culture and Muslim Societies
  • Schooling Culture among Muslims in Africa
  • Enforcement Agencies in Muslim Societies
  • Islamic Banking, Finance, and Muslim Life
  • Muslim Life and Entrepreneurial Networks
  • Muslim Life and Encounters with other Religions
  • Islamic Development Bank and Development interventions in Africa
  • Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Development Interventions in Africa
  • Muslims and Sustainable Development in Africa




Abstracts of about 250 words should be forwarded to


The book editors are:

Rafatu Abdulhamid Ph.D. Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Abuja, Nigeria

Mutiat T. Oladejo Ph.D. Lecturer in History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Saheed  Badmus Suraju Ph.D. Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Al-Hikmah University, Nigeria


Submission of Abstract:                                             April 10, 2021

Abstract acceptance:                                                  April 30, 2021

Submission of chapter:                                               July 31, 2021

Notification of Decision on peer review:                   September 15, 2021

Submission of Corrected draft:                                   October 20, 2021


Contact Info: 

Dr. Rafatu Abdulhamid

University of Abuja, Nigeria