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Conference | Travelling Islam Workshop

Travelling Islam: The Circulation of Ideas in Africa

Thursday 24 June 2021 - Friday 25 June 2021
This is an online event. Please register to receive the link to the workshop.

On 24 and 25 June 2021, the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam in Society (LUCIS), in cooperation with the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL), and the Centre for Arts in Society (LUCAS) will organise the workshop Travelling Islam: The Circulation of Ideas in Africa.

The workshop is part of the LUCIS research programme Travelling Islam, headed by Annachiara Raia. This programme starts from the idea that cultural discourse is one of the main engines of intellectual history and the history of ideas. By following examples of Muslim discourse that have travelled across Islamic Africa, in different languages, scripts, and registers of expression, through different social environments and periods, we can deepen our understanding of the shaping of Islam in and through various African milieus.  Bringing together perspectives of literature studies, history, and anthropology, this workshop aims to study circulating Islamic texts and discourses, not as monolithic and fixed archives but rather within a framework of ongoing translocal negotiation, and hence, creation, circulation, transformation, and re-appropriation.

The workshop consists of three panels:
Thursday 24 June 15:00-19:00 hrs
Panel I Travelling Mystical Poetry
Panel II Stories of Connectiveness
Friday 25 June 15:00-18:00 hrs
Panel III Travelling Books and Genres

The keynote speech will be given by Prof. Fallou Ngom (Boston University) on "The Significance of Ajami Sources in the Study of Muslim Africa", on 24 June at 18:15 hrs CEST. If you would like to attend this lecture only, please register on this page.

See the full programme

For more information, please contact Dr Annachiara Raia (ASCL), Dr Mayke Kaag (ASCL), Prof. Maarten Kossmann (Leiden University), or Dr Dorrit van Dalen (University of Amsterdam).

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