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Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa.


Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa

Ousmane Oumar Kane

Harvard University Press


282 pages




Kane charts the rise of Muslim learning in West Africa from the beginning of Islam to the present day, examining the shifting contexts that have influenced the production and dissemination of Islamic knowledge and shaped the sometimes conflicting interpretations of Muslim intellectuals over the centuries. His topics include the growth and political economy of Islamic scholarship in the Bilad al-Sudan, the rise of clerical lineages in the Sahara and the Bilad al-Sudan, Islamic education and the colonial encounter, modern Islamic institutions of higher learning, Arabophones triumphant: Timbuktu under Islamic rule. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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