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- DescriptionRewned for its madrassas and archives of rare Arabic manuscripts, Timbuktu is famous as a center of Muslim learning from Islam's Golden Age. Yet Timbuktu was one among many scholarly centers to exist in precolonial West Africa. Beyond Timbuktu charts the rise of Muslim learning in West Africa from the beginning of Islam to the present day, examining the shifting contexts that have influenced the production and dissemination of Islamic kwledge over the course of centuries. Ousmane Kane corrects lingering misconceptions that Africa's Muslim heritage represents a mir thread in Islam's larger tapestry. West African Muslims have never been isolated. The Sahara was t an insuperable barrier but a bridge that allowed the Arabo-Berbers of the North to sustain relations with West African Muslims through trade, diplomacy, and intellectual and spiritual exchange. The tradition of Islamic learning in West Africa has grown in tandem with the spread of Arabic literacy, making Arabic the most widely spoken language in Africa today. In the postcolonial period, transformations in West African education, together with the rise of media techlogies and the public roles of African Muslim intellectuals, continue to spread kwledge of Islam throughout the continent.
- Author BiographyOusmane Oumar Kane is Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School and Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University.
- Author(s)Ousmane Oumar Kane
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication07/06/2016
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Weight544 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine25 mm
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