History Now! Africans in the Global World of Islam

HIST 101

Gen Ed Credit: Hist & Philosophy Perspectives

An integral part of the Global World of Islam is the African continent, now a staple of contemporary news due to the prominence gained in the past ten years by Islamist movements such as Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria, AQMI in the Sahara and the Sahel, and Shabab in the Horn and East Africa. The course will explore the history of the emergence of such movements in Africa, paying attention to local and global dynamics. The course will also offer comparative perspectives between different forms of Islam on the African continent that will help students in critically engaging such a contemporary phenomenon, which is very often misunderstood in more general settings, such as newspapers and TV news.