Abdoulie Jabang

I am a doctoral student studying African History. My research centers on Islamic West Africa with an emphasis on social and cultural histories of “pre-modern” and “modern” GuineaSenegal, and The Gambia broadly conceived as Senegambia. It examines the processes of religious change and cultural transmissions, migration, women in Islam, slave emancipation, and environmental and agrarian change. My dissertation explores the contributions of women in the transmissions and transformations of Islamic faith, practices, and Islamic culture in Senegambia from 1600 to the present. More specifically, I explore the contributions of elite Muslim women, “casted” women, enslaved women, and women migrants in Islamization, broadly conceived as dialectic processes through which Islamic practices gradually and peacefully became the dominant religious practice of significant regions of Senegambia. Thus, my research situates Islamization within distinct temporalities and social contexts such as the era of slave trade, the aftermath of slavery, changing patterns of migration, religious and cultural transformations, gender and agrarian changes, and everyday Islamization such as the transmissions of Islamic knowledge, Muslim weddings, funerals, and prayers.

I graduated from the Ohio University Athens in 2017 with an MA in Political Science and specialization in African Politics. My master’s project, The Politics of Minority (In)Tolerance: The case of The Gambia and Ahmadiyya Community, explores the changing nature of the relationship between the Gambian state and the Ahmadiyya community. Ahmadiyya is a global Islamic minority group that has often faced significant repression and targeted violence by Sunni majority states.

Thus far, my graduate education and research has been supported by the MSU History Department, MSU Graduate School, and MSU College of Social Science. I am a member of African Studies Association, International Studies Association, MSU History Graduate Association, and West African Research Association. I have presented array of research papers in academic conferences such as the Ohio University History Graduate Research Conference, International Studies Association, and African Studies Association.

Instructor/TA Experience (Michigan State University)
HST: 329 College Sport History with Dr. Juan Pescador
ISS: 330A African History, Society & Culture (online course) with Dr. Nwando Achebe

TA Experience (Ohio University, Athens)
POLS 1500: Themes in Global Politics
POLS 2500: Introduction to International Relations

Office: 322 Old Horticulture
Office Hours: Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am at the Main Library Cafe

Year in Program: 2

Advisor: Dr. Walter Hawthorne

Committee: Nwando Achebe, David Robinson, and Mara Leichtman

Field: African History (West Africa), Islam in Africa, Women in Islam, and Anthropology of Religion.

Region: Africa

Research Languages: Mandinka (ajami), Wolof (ajami), Arabic, and French

Educational Background: B.A University of The Gambia, History & Development Studies, 2014. MA Ohio University, Political Science, 2017.

Email: jabangab@msu.edu
Phone: 740-818-9222