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Harvard Islamic expert to give a talk, “Islamic Education in Africa: The Past and the Present,” September 18, 2017

Ousmane Oumar Kane will discuss "Islamic Education in Africa: The Past and the Present," on Monday, September 18, 5:30pm in Taylor Hall,  Room 203. This event is free and open to the public.
Kane is a scholar of Islamic studies, comparative and Islamic politics and Muslim globalization, and the author of several books, including Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa. Beyond Timbuktu, on which his public lecture will be based, chronicles the rise of Islamic education in West Africa since the foundation of Islam. It looks at the institutions, networks and dialogues established by West African Muslim scholars with their counterparts in North Africa and other parts of the World.  In Homeland Is the Arena: Religion, Transnationalism and the Integration of Senegalese Immigrants in America, Kane looks at Senegalese immigrants in New York and the importance these immigrants assign to their religious communities for the organization of their lives.
Kane is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society and Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.
This event is sponsored by the History Department.
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Posted by Office of Communications Monday, September 11, 2017