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Title:Muslim societies in West Africa: historical and contemporary perspectives in digital form
Author:Robinson, DavidISNI
Periodical:Islamic Africa (ISSN 2154-0993)
Geographic term:West Africa
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External link:http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.5192/215409930501103
Abstract:Over the past decade, Matrix, the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University, has developed digital galleries blending text, sound, and image to portray the history of islamization and the practice of Islam in West Africa. The featured areas have been Ghana (as a Muslim minority country), and Senegal (as a Muslim majority area), as well as Gambia and Mauritania. The emphasis has been on the diversity, tolerance, and pluralism of Islamic practice in historical and contemporary terms, on female and male practitioners, and on laypeople as well as clergy. Matrix has used European archives, Arabic and ajami documents, interviews, and a range of other sources to tell stories and show practices. The portal for this material is www.aodl.org. This article outlines some of the galleries that were built; others will be added over the next two years. The authors of the galleries are faculty at Indiana University, Michigan State, Harvard, Boston University, and James Madison University. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]