Fall 2018

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) The course will examine the transformative impact of Christianity and Islam on West African societies since the wave of Muslim reformist and Christian evangelical movements in the nineteenth century. While providing a regional West African overview, the course will focus on a detailed case study of the Nigerian region (the diverse communities that constitute contemporary Nigeria). With significant populations of Christians, Muslims, and adherents of traditional African religions, Nigeria is a notable example of a West African country where religious encounters profoundly transformed state-society relations from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first century. Drawing on historical and social science texts, the course will explore the impact of Christianity and Islam on pre-colonial, colonial, and postcolonial West African states and societies.

Fall semester.  Professor Vaughan.

BLST 210 - L/D

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM CHAP 205
W 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM CHAP 205

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Religion and the making of Nigeria Duke University Press, 2016 Olufemi Vaughan Amherst Books TBD
African Religions: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press, 2014 Jacob Olupona Amherst Books TBD
Muslims beyond the Arab world Oxford University, 2016 Fallou Ngom Amherst Books TBD
Nigerian Pentecostalism University of Rochester Press, 2014 Nimi Wariboko Amherst Books TBD
African History: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University, 2007 John Parker Amherst Books TBD
Legitimacy and the state in twentieth century Africa Humanities Press, 1972 J.F. and Ian Espie Ajayi Amherst Books TBD
Beyond Timbuktu: an intellectual history of Muslim West Africa Harvard University Press, 2016 Ousmane Kane Amherst Books TBD
Muslim Hausa women in Nigeria: tradition and change Syracuse University Press, 1991 Barbara Callaway Amherst Books TBD
Hausa women in the twentieth century University of Wisconsin Press, 1991 Catherine Coles and Beverly Mack Amherst Books TBD
The Story of Nigeria Faber & Faber, 1966 Michael Crowder Amherst Books TBD
Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents North Atlantic Books, 2011 Kimberly Huisman Amherst Books TBD
Gender and Islam in Africa: rights, sexuality, and law Stanford University Press, 2011 Margot Badran Amherst Books TBD
Transnational Africa and Globalization Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome Amherst Books TBD
West African Migrations: Transnational and Global Pathways Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2022, Spring 2023