Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa

Sampul Depan
Harvard University Press, 7 Jun 2016 - 282 halaman
"By 2013, many people worldwide had heard about Timbuktu as a center of learning where thousands of Arabic manuscripts are preserved, some of which were destroyed by fanatics during the French counteroffensive to halt the expansion of Islamists in Mali. But few people know that Timbuktu was only one of many centers of Islamic learning in precolonial West Africa. This book analyses the rise and transformation of Arabo-Islamic erudition in West Africa from the beginning of the spread of Islam through the colonial period to the twenty-first century. It highlights the contribution of Muslim scholars in the production and transmission of knowledge and in shaping state and society in West Africa. It argues that no study of the history of education or knowledge production in West Africa will be complete unless it pays attention to this intellectual tradition. The book further shows how European colonialism obstructs historiography so that we know so little about it. Finally, the book analyze the transformation of West African educational system, in the twentieth and twenty first century and shows that far from declining, the Islamic tradition of West Africa has gained vitality in the postcolonial period."--
 

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Prologue
1
The Geopolitics of the Sources
21
Chapter 2 The Growth and Political Economy of Islamic Scholarship in the Bilad alSudan
41
Chapter 3 The Rise of Clerical Lineages in the Sahara and the Bilad alSudan
60
Chapter 4 Curriculum and Knowledge Transmission
75
The Discursive Tradition
96
Chapter 6 Islamic Education and the Colonial Encounter
119
Chapter 7 Modern Islamic Institutions of Higher Learning
140
Chapter 8 Islam in the Postcolonial Public Sphere
160
Timbuktu under Islamic Rule
178
Epilogue
200
Notes
211
Glossary
255
Acknowledgments
269
Index
271
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Ousmane Oumar Kane is Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School and Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University.

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