Fall 2017

Christianity and Islam in West Africa

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-210  |  History, as HIST-210  |  Religion, as RELI-220


Olufemi O. Vaughan (Section 01)


(Offered as BLST 210 [A] HIST 210 [AF] and RELI 220.) This course explores how Christianity, Islam, and indigenous African religious beliefs shaped the formation of West African states from the transformative nineteenth-century Islamic reformist movements and mission Christianity, to the formation of modern nation-states in the twentieth century.  The course provides a broad regional West African overview, paying careful attention to how religious themes shaped the communities of the Nigerian region — a critical West African region where Christianity and Islam converged to transform a modern state and society.  Drawing on primary sources and historical texts as well as Africanist works in sociology, anthropology, and comparative politics, this Nigerian experience illuminates broader West African, African, and global perspectives that underscore the historical significance of religion in politics and society, especially in non-Western contexts.

Fall semester.  Professor Vaughan.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2022, Spring 2024