History of Islamic Civilisation in West Africa

Working relations were established with the governments, universities and cultural institutions of OIC member countries in Africa starting from the early 1980s. At the same time, efforts were made to follow the progress of scholarly research throughout the world as regards themes connected with Islamic culture and civilisation in Africa.


The PhD thesis of scholar Dr. Mamadou Ndiaye, entitled L’Enseignement Arabo-Islamique au Senegal (Arab-Islamic Education in Senegal), was published by the Centre in 1985. The book reviews the major determining factors and developments observed in the history of Islam in Africa, with special reference to Senegal.

"… It is a contribution to the Islamic education in the West-African state of Senegal which is recommended because of the critical orientation with the awareness of the problems, and its connection with the Islamic culture." Barbara Meyer, Wuquf, 2

The Centre undertook to publish the well-known Arabic manuscript by El Hadj Musa Kamara, Zuhur el-Basatin, in cooperation with the Musa Kamara Association of Senegal.

The following works prepared by Dr. Khadim Mohamed Said Imbaki (Senegal) were published by the Centre:
Al-Hadj Imbaki Busu, Some letters of Sheikh Muhammad Al-Basubi, collected by Khadim Mohamed Said Imbaki (1996, in Arabic)

Muhammed Jub El-Kukki, El-Kukki’s Introduction, revised by Khadim Mohammed Said Imbaki (1996, in Arabic)

The proceedings of the international symposium on Islamic Civilisation in West Africa which was held on 27-30 December 1996 in Dakar, Senegal, were edited by Prof. Samba Dieng (Senegal) and published by IRCICA at the end of 1999 under the title La Civilisation Islamique en Afrique de l’Ouest, Communications du symposium international tenu les 27-30 Décembre 1996 à Dakar, Sénégal.


An international symposium on Islamic Civilisation in West Africa was held under the patronage of H. E. Abdou Diouf, President of the Republic of Senegal. It was organised jointly by IRCICA and the "Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire Cheikh Anta Diop" (IFAN/CAD, Dakar), with the contributions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad and the Ministry of Culture. Financial support was received from the International Islamic Call Society (Tripoli, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) Dakar, 26-30 December 1996.

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