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19 June 2014

This year we say goodbye to Dr Mauro Nobili, who after more than two years of invaluable contribution to the Project, moves on to a permanent position in the USA.  He is taking up a position of Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.  We also welcome a new researcher, Abubakr Sadiq Abdulkadir, who is bringing his expertise to the project and will hopefully continue with us as he registers for a PhD soon. Finally, we congratulate one of our affiliated MA students, Chapane Mutiua on the completion of his MA thesis at UCT.

Éditorial, juin 2014

5 June 2014

Niamey.  J’écris de la capitale du Niger où je passe le temps à l’Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, qui accueille le IRSH (Institut de Recherches en de Sciences Humaines). Cet Institut, en fait, est beaucoup plus vieux que l’université ayant été établi en 1940 déjà, mais nommé différemment alors; l’université a seulement ouvert ses portes aux étudiants bien après l’indépendance, à partir de 1971. Mais IRSH est maintenant vraiment un centre de recherche universitaire. L’Institut est l’établissement pour un certain nombre d’unités de recherche indépendants ou départements et celui qui nous concerne est le Département des Manuscrits Arabes et Ajami (MARA) qui détient un nombre progressivement croissant de manuscrits.

Editorial, June 2014

26 May 2014

Niamey.  I am writing from the capital of Niger where I am spending time at the Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, which hosts the IRSH (Institut de Recherches en de Sciences Humaines).  This Institute, in fact, is much older than the university having been established in 1940 already but was differently named then; the university only opened it doors to students well after independence, beginning in 1971.  But IRSH is now very much a university research centre. The Institute is the location for a number of independent research units or departments and the one relevant to us is the Département des Manuscrits Arabes et Ajami (MARA) which holds a gradually increasing number of manuscripts.

ASA panel explores multiple meanings of Islamic libraries in Africa

26 May 2014

“The Islamic Archive of Africa,” an ISITA-sponsored roundtable at the African Studies Association’s November meeting in Baltimore raised important questions about the meaning of Islamic archives and collections in Africa. The panel brought together senior and junior scholars who have used manuscripts extensively in their own research.

JAH focus on Islam in Africa

21 May 2014

Mauro Nobili

The latest issue of The Journal of African History (55/1, 2014: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=AFH&tab=currentissue) presents a ‘forum’ on Islam in sub-Saharan Africa. The forum comprises three articles by leading scholars which approaches the issue from different perspectives: historical (one by Jean-Louis Triaud, Université de Provence and Institut des Mondes Africains - IMAF; the other by Scott S. Reese, Northern Arizona University) and anthropological (Benjamin S. Soares, African Studies Centre in Leiden).