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Challenges to the Study of Islamic Education in African Universities
American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (2014)
  • Amadu Jacky Kaba, Seton Hall University
Abstract

This article examines the challenges to the study of Islamic education in African colleges and universities. I claim that such a study, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, is not a priority even though Muslims accounted for 44 percent of the continent’s population in 2009 and 22 of its nations have a Muslim population of 50 percent or more. I present four main factors responsible for this phenomenon: European colonization; the relatively small number of Arabic speakers in most African nations; the negative implications of connecting Islamic fundamentalism/al-Qaeda to Arabs and Islam; and the humiliation, abuse, and severe punishment experienced by Black Africans in Arab-majority societies.

Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Amadu Jacky Kaba. "Challenges to the Study of Islamic Education in African Universities" American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences Vol. 31 Iss. 3 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/amadu_kaba/56/