International Conference on “History of Islamic Learning and Scholarship in Africa”

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The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), alongside the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art, and Culture (IRCICA) and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) will organize a conference in Nigeria on the “History of Islamic Learning and Scholarship in Africa”. Despite the existence of various writings on multiple aspects of the history of Islam in Africa, there have been minimal attempts to systematically engage the changing dynamics of Islamic scholarship within the historical writings on Africa. In view of this, we invite papers that offer critical reflections on the history of learning and Islamic scholarship in Africa. Important questions to consider include, what are the current trends concerning scholarship in Africa? What historical forces birthed or justified such trends? What are the contributions of African Islamic scholars in developing an intellectual culture in different African societies? This conference offers a rare opportunity for scholars across multiple disciplines to meet, deliberate and rethink their understanding of the nature and dynamics of Islamic learning and scholarship in Africa.

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