H278 Muslim Societies in Africa

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Department of History

Module overview


  • This Module is capped at 30 places
  • Students enrol via the on-line Module Sign-up system. Students are advised of the timing of this process via email by the Dept. administrator

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, a student should be able to:

  • identify key critical issues and historiographical debate in the history of Islam on the African continent and to critically evaluate these in specific regional contexts
  • demonstrate familiarity with historical literature and skills in applying critical tools in oral and written presentations
  • present the results of their own research in an articulate way that stimulates group discussion and peer cooperation
  • research and write an essay using appropriate scholarly language and critical tools
  • draw upon the skills and knowledge acquired during the course to answer examination essay questions


One hour lecture and one hour tutorial each week (22 weeks)

Scope and syllabus

This module is designed to provide the students with a broad understanding of Islam and Muslim societies in African contexts from the 8th century AD to the present. It will explore how Islam shaped but was also shaped by African cultures and how changes in the wider Muslim world have affected African Muslims. Students will study regional processes of Islamisation and examine the variety of Islamic experiences on the continent. Focusing on case studies and specific regional contexts, the course will explore a range of topics, such as jihadic and reform movements, African sufisms, slavery and Islam, Islam under European colonial rule, gender and Islam, Islamic Law in Africa, Islam and the State, African Muslims in the disapora, and contemporary Muslim communities in urban spaces. The aim of the module is to provide students with an empirical and interpretive foundation for further studies of African history and Muslim societies.

Method of assessment

  • Exam worth 60%
  • Essay 2,000 words worth 30%
  • Oral presentation worth 10%.


Marie Rodet



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