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ISITA launches online speaker series

ISITA’s online speaker series showcases new books and innovative research about Islam and Africa. The live talks take place on selected Wednesdays at 1:00 pm US Central Time during winter and spring quarters, 2021.  The events are free and open to everyone, but registration for each talk is required. You may register by following the "Register Here" links on this page,  or in Planit Purple, Northwestern's events calendar.

The series is co-sponsored by the Program of African Studies.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1 pm CT

“Africanization: The Bridge to Edward Blyden's Final Intellectual Transformation”

Harry Nii Koney Odamtten (history, Santa Clara University)

Co-sponsored by the Northwestern University Department of History.

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View the talk abstract and speaker bio in Planit Purple (Northwestern University's events calendar).  

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 1 pm CT

“Black Literary Islam in the Caribbean: Autobiographical Writings of Enslaved Sufi West Africans in Nineteenth-Century Jamaica, and Sufi Poetry in Guyana" 

Aliyah Khan (English/Afroamerican/African Studies, University of Michigan)

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View the talk abstract and speaker bio in Planit Purple (Northwestern University's events calendar).

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1 pm CT

“The Khōjā of Tanzania: Discontinuities of a Postcolonial Religious Identity”

Iqbal Akhtar (politics/religious studies, Florida International University)

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View the talk abstract and speaker bio in Planit Purple (Northwestern University's events calendar).

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 1 pm CT

“Jihadists of North Africa and the Sahel: Local Politics and Rebel Groups”

Alexander Thurston (political science, University of Cincinnati)

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View the talk abstract and speaker bio in Planit Purple (Northwestern University's events calendar).

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1 pm CT

“Ajami Archives of Muslim Africa: Their Significance in African Studies”

Fallou Ngom (anthropology, Boston University)

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View the talk abstract and speaker bio in Planit Purple (Northwestern University's events calendar).

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 1 pm CT

“Mosques, Culture Clubs, and Embodied Ritual Debates: Re-making Islam in a New African Diaspora"

Michelle Johnson (anthropology, Bucknell University)

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View the talk abstract and speaker bio in Planit Purple (Northwestern University's events calendar).