Workshop: Approaches to the Qur’an in sub-Saharan Africa
Toronto, 20–21 May 2011
Venue: The workshop will be hosted by the Textile Museum of Canada on the occasion of the exhibition on, ‘Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture’ (May 18 – November 20, 2011).
Organised by Professor Zulfikar Hirji, York University, Toronto.
Co-sponsored by The Institute of Ismaili Studies and York University, Toronto (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and the Department of Anthropology).
This workshop will bring together scholars from various academic disciplines, with an audience of artists, students and community members, to examine a range of issues concerning Islam and Muslim societies in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on the Qur’an.
The workshop examines the diverse ways in which the Qur’an has been used and interpreted throughout sub-Saharan Africa, particularly over the last two hundred years. A focussed exploration of the way in which Muslims in different parts of sub-Saharan Africa have drawn upon or have been inspired by the Qur’an to articulate their existential and spiritual concerns also aims to generate discussion about the formation, development and future of Islam and Muslim societies in the region. The workshop will explore a range of interrelated themes including:
An edited volume including selected papers from the workshop will be submitted for inclusion in the Qur’anic Studies Series of publications.