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Genealogies of an African Islamic Modernity

When: Friday, May 10, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Rebecca Crown Center, Hardin Hall, 633 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Dylan Peterson   847.467.2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


Both discourse and a historical condition defined by the reconciliation of African identities, Islamic forms of life, and global political liberalism, African Islamic modernity animates contemporary discourses of the Senegalese exception. The small West African country with a long history of entanglement with the development of the modern economy via the slave trade and its importance in the colonizing process is often touted as an exceptional country in several respects. This talk will present the major episodes of this history.

Wendell Marsh is a Northwestern Buffett postdoctoral fellow. His work seeks to decentralize the study of Islam from the classical Arab heartlands by locating debates over religious authority in French West Africa within an equivocal tradition of argument and dissent specific to the region. He has been awarded Fulbright, Ford, and Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships for his work. Marsh is an assistant professor of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark.

The Northwestern Buffett Faculty & Fellows Colloquium brings together an interdisciplinary audience to build awareness of global research on campus. This series promotes dialogue on scholarship and develops a deeper sense of community among Buffett Institute affiliates. Each meeting lasts one hour; lunch is provided.

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