Sufi, Salafi, Shi'i: Sectarian Discourses in Nigeria

Join Sani Umar, professor of history, as he discusses his recent research on religious sectarianism in Nigeria.

Buffet lunch will be served • Talk will begin at 12:00pm

Sani Umar

M. Sani Umar (PhD, Northwestern University) is professor of history at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. His research interests include religious pluralism, violence and peacebuilding; Islam and colonialism in West Africa, Sufism and anti-Sufism in West Africa, contemporary Islamic thought and liberalism, Islamic law, the Islamic intellectual traditions of West Africa, and theory and methodology in the academic study of religion.

Before joining Ahmadu Bello University in 2012, Umar was director of the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) and professor of religious studies at Northwestern University. He also taught religious studies at Arizona State University from 1997 – 2007.

The author of Islam and Colonialism: The Intellectual Responses of Muslims of Northern Nigeria, (2005), as well as numerous essays in journals and edited volumes, Umar has held fellowships at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the International Institute at UCLA and was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2008.

In addition to his scholarship, Umar has been involved in a number of ground-breaking projects. He led multi-investigator projects funded by the Ford Foundation, including “Islamic Thought in Africa,” and “Constituting Bodies of Islamic Knowledge,” and co-led the Mellon-funded project, “Global Encounters: Comparative Perspectives on Performance and Publishing across Cultures.” He is currently co-investigator for a comparative project on “Emerging Trends in Muslim Discourse.”

Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict
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