History Department
History Department

Cacee Hoyer

MA in Social Studies Education, University of Iowa

Cacee Hoyer



race relations in southern Africa, ethnicity and identity, apartheid politics, human rights,


HIS 306N • History Of Islam In Africa

38975 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am GAR 3.116
(also listed as ISL 311)

This introductory course will provide an overview over the development of Muslim societies in Africa from early history (7th century) to the present. Understanding the historical development of Islam in Africa is important due to the prevalence and influence of Islam today: nine countries are predominantly Muslim, another ten have Muslim populations near 50%, and at least twelve more have significant Muslim minorities. This course will focus on the historical, cultural, political, economic, and social aspects of the development of Islam in Africa. These themes will include discussions of the various ways Islam arrived on the continent, how it was incorporated and contested by local cultures, the ways it changed over time, how it interacted and responded to European colonial infiltrations, and contextualize contemporary issues for Muslims and Islam in Africa today. The goal of the course is to provide students with the skills to understand and evaluate current global events, to assess issues of importance to African Muslim societies, evaluate issues of ethnic and religious identities, analyze the impact of islamitization in Africa, and evaluate socio-economic developments among these communities. Ultimately, I hope students will begin to question stereotypes and misinformation of Muslim culture and politics in Africa, often perpetuated by the global media, and to begin to understand the complex and diverse populations that fall under the umbrella of “African Muslims.”


Tayob, Abdulkader. Islam: A Short Introduction. Oneworld Publications, 1999.

Nehemia Levtzion and Randall L. Pouwells, eds. The History of Islam in Africa. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2000.


Map Quiz: 10%

Digital Timeline: 20%

Book review: 15%

Final Project: Museum display: 25%

Weekly primary source write-ups: 20%

Attendance: 10%

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