Monday, February 10, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: 620 Library Place, conference room, 620 Library Place , Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students
Program of African Studies
Group: Program of African Studies
Monday, February 10th, 4pm
Chicago Area Islam in Africa Seminar
Framing a History of Islam in Africa: a Chinese Perspective
Weijian Li, visiting scholar to ISITA, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University; Associate researcher fellow from Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social sciences.
This study is a monograph on the history of Islam in Africa. The monograph which would be written in Mandarin is targeted mainly for Chinese readership. The monograph has three main objectives: 1) to narrate the history and evolution of Islam in Africa from inception to date. 2) to use the available literature to enumerate the author’s perception and other views about the growth and spread of Islam in Africa. 3) to write the Islamic history of Africa that would be easily understood and interpreted by Chinese readers. The style of writing would follow the Chinese tradition, while relevant literature in Chinese and English would be extensively reviewed. The monograph would be focus on understanding the Chinese perspective of Islam generally and in Africa and Chinese specifically. The study will explore challenge in studying and understanding Islam in Africa and recommend appropriate solutions.
Weijian Li focuses on the studies of Islam both in Africa and in China. His publications include a monograph named a Historical Study on Islam in West Africa, and a survey report named a Survey on Menhuan in Linxia(co-authored) . Both of the two books are written in Chinese. He now is a visiting scholar to ISITA, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University; Associate researcher fellow from Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social sciences.