History Department

Diversity and Tolerance in the Islam of West Africa

Americans and Westerners generally do not associate Africa with Islam. And yet 20 percent of Muslims worldwide live in Africa, and nearly half of the African population is Muslim. Islamic practice in Africa dates back over 1400 years, to the beginning of the faith. Many early Muslims creatively combined Islamic and indigenous beliefs to give rise to African Muslim traditions of incorporation, toleration, and mutual respect.

The web site features carefully crafted galleries of audio and video interviews, transcripts, photographs, maps, documents, and multimedia presentations that enable users to explore Islamic traditions in the West African countries of Ghana and Senegal. These rich resources shed much-needed light on how Muslims in West Africa accept religious difference and create productive interactions among Christians, Muslims, and practitioners of other faiths.

Participating history faculty:

  • David Robinson, Professor of History, Michigan State University

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