Spring 2023

Christianity and Islam in 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 central role of Christianity and Islam in pre-colonial, colonial, and postcolonial African societies. Focusing on case studies from West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, and Southern Africa, course lectures will explore the following issues in African religious, social, and political history: Christianity, Islam, and African indigenous belief systems; Muslim reformist movements in West African societies in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; mission Christianity and African societies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; Christianity, Islam, and colonialism in Africa; Christianity, Islam, and politics in postcolonial African states.

Limited to 25. Spring semester. Professor Vaughan.

How to handle overenrollment: BLST, HIST and RELI majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: classroom discussions, debates, and intense reading.

BLST 210 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM FAYE 115
W 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM FAYE 115

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

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