About Islam & Muslims in Africa

Reflections on Black History Month

By Zaid Shakir Black History Month should be of interest to every Muslim, especially in America. It is estimated that upwards to 20 percent of the Africans enslaved in the Americas were Muslim. In some areas, such as the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia, and parts of Virginia, the [...]

Timbuktu, Mali

Timbuktu: Fact or Fiction? Timbuktu has long captured popular imagination as a legendary city. The fact that it actually exists still surprises some people who have merely pictured it as a mysterious or mythical place. In reality, Timbuktu became renowned for its riches and scholarship after it was permanently [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:26+00:00 December 20th, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|

Cairo, Egypt

The historic city of Cairo The world was lately riveted by the events taking place in Cairo, Egypt. The unfolding revolution in Tahrir Square transcended ethnic and religious affiliations, inspiring people worldwide with the power of change. In fact, this historic city has undergone many upheavals over the centuries and [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:28+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|

The History of Islam in Africa

By Amadou Shakur The Prophet Muhammad reminded the Muslim world, “We are a single community, distinct from others.” The distinction shapes the Muslim’s religious identity and underlines the nature of the Islamic ideal, whether the purity of the monotheistic concept, the uncompromising quest for morality, or the lifelong seeking of [...]

2017-12-01T00:20:00+00:00 September 18th, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|

Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta: Celebrated Traveler Ibn Battuta, a celebrated traveler, was born in Tangier, Morocco. He lived from 1304 to 1368/1369 and is renowned for his travelogue, Rihla, which simply means Travels. It recounts his many journeys throughout the Muslim world as well as far-flung regions like Russia, China and Constantinople. [...]

2017-12-01T00:20:02+00:00 September 7th, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|

African Muslim Slaves in the Americas: An Understudied Presence

For three hundred and fifty years, Muslim men, women, and children, victims of the general insecurity that the Atlantic slave trade and the politico-religious conflicts in West Africa fostered, were sold in the New World. They were among the very first Africans to be shipped, and among the very [...]

2017-12-01T00:20:05+00:00 August 2nd, 2014|Africa, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|
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