Honors | Islam, Gender & Migration (ANTH)
E300 | 27219 | Beth Buggenhagen

TuTh 1:00-2:15pm

Focusing on the importance of transnational Muslim networks in an
increasingly globalized world, this course addresses problems in
studying the history and culture of Islam in West African societies.
The aim of the course is to enable students to understand the origins
and meaning of Islam in the world today. In particular, we will
consider the place of Sufi Islam, to which the majority of African
Muslims belong, within the wider Muslim world. We will also be
concerned with the formation of West African Muslim communities in
France, Italy, Washington D.C. and New York City and processes of
racialization and re-sacralization in these new contexts. In this
course we will consider major debates that have arisen over religion
in Africa and its diaspora: conversion, resistance, transnational
religious movements, diaspora, and the changing role of the state and
civil society.