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HIST 213 A - African Muslim Societies

Campus: Urbana-Champaign

Description:

Focuses on the history and historiography of Muslim societies in Africa. Investigates the dynamics of the spread of Islam in Africa, and explores differences in Islam in Africa from other areas of the Islamic world, with attention to the image in Western scholarship of Islam in Africa. Provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to understand this central phenomenon in modern world history. Course Information: Same as AFST 213 and REL 215.

Special Instructions:

Description: Less than ten years after the death of the Prophet Mu-ammad in 632 CE, Muslims -overflowed- from the Arabian Peninsula into the African continent. Soon, from North Africa and the Indian Ocean, the new religion entered sub-Saharan Africa. Today, one Muslim out of three is from Africa and one out of two Africans is Muslim. Through the study of secondary sources, in-class reading and discussions of primary sources, as well as documentaries, this course will provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to understand this central phenomenon in modern world history, now an unfortunate and misunderstood staple of contemporary news due to the prominence gained in the past ten years by Jihadist movements such as Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria, AQMI in the Sahara and the Sahel, and Shabab in the Horn and East Africa.

Option 1

Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall , Spring


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