International Conference: West Africa and the Maghreb


Thursday, September 13, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, September 15, 2018 (All day)


Sperry Room, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138




Reassessing Intellectual Connections in the 21st century
Convener: Ousmane Kane

As part of the efforts to promote the study of Islam in Africa at Harvard, an Islam in Africa conference series was initiated under the sponsorship of HDS, NELC, CAS, AAAS, and the Hutchins Center with the goal to convene an international symposium every year to facilitate intellectual conversation between junior and senior scholars involved in cutting edge research in the field. In line with the mission of the Alwaleed Chair in Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society, this conference series is centered on the history of Muslim institutions and ideas in Africa.

The conference plans to bring 24 panelists. It will comprise six panels of four participants each.

Panel 1:  Role of Sufi Orders in Maintaining Spiritual and Intellectual Links

Panel 2: The Pilgrimage Tradition in Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

Panel 3: Re-evaluating the Historic Core Curriculum

Panel 4: New Panafricanist Intellectual Connections

Panel 5: Higher Islamic Education in North and West Africa

Panel 6: The Growth and types of Salafism

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See also: 2018