Islam in Africa Working Group

Research on and teaching of Islam in Africa is an important part of the Center for African Studies’ activities. The purpose of the Islam in Africa Working Group (IAWG) is to generate interest and to facilitate enhanced understanding of Islam in African contexts. IAWG pays attention to the inherent complexity of Islam in Africa; its multifaceted historical trajectories, its geographical differences, its ideological variations, and contemporary dynamics. Through regular meetings, conferences, and other arrangements – IAWG is an important meeting-place for faculty and students interested in Islam in Africa, and aims to be a venue for sharing ideas and findings, for discussions and generating ideas, as well as for encouraging further research.

Coordinator: Terje Østebø (

Upcoming Events

April 3-4 

Symposium – Sufism in Africa: Adapting to New Realities

Speakers: Benjamin Soares, Felicitas Becker, Marie Natalie LeBlanc,
Joseph Hill



Spring 2015
Fall 2014

Spring 2014
Previous programs


2014: The African Madrassa: Transformations of Islamic Education in Contemporary Africa
2013: Islamic NGOs and Development Aid in Africa
2012: Militant Islam in Africa: Fears and Realities
2011: Slavery, Social Justice & Islam in West Africa


Courses on Islam in Africa