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Scholarship on globalization of Islamic Africa has been focused either on merely describing (if not romanticizing) African Muslims’ experiences abroad, on one hand, or on exploring how Muslim societies in Africa are affected by global Islamic trends, on the other hand. Little attention has been paid to the ways in which Islam and what it means to be African and Muslim have been and are being negotiated at the intersection of local, regional and global encounters, narratives, perceptions and exchanges.
We welcome proposals focusing on Islamic Africa' s global and local interactions through circulations of people, ideas, goods, beliefs and practices in any time period. We especially encourage original research that investigates creatively the interplay between the religious, political or social experiences of African Muslims and the transformations of Islamic Africa in a globalized world. We hope to include papers which examine the importance of transnational Muslim networks in Africa and the role Africans play in global Islamic arenas. At the turn of the 20th century, African Muslims have established or re-established contacts with Muslims all over the world, including Turkey, Iran, Europe, the United States, Arab monarchies of the Gulf, Egypt. Papers focusing on these intra-Muslim dynamics are especially welcome.
Questions that we seek to investigate include but are not limited to: How to account for the dynamics of continuity and change in forms of Islamic piety, authority and knowledge production in Africa, in a context of increased global connections? How do African Muslims articulate their religious life in a globalized world? For African Muslims in the diaspora, how do religious links with their homelands shape their relationship to Islam?
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