Eye on Africa, Assan Sarr
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The long standing presence of Islam in the Senegambia region have had profound influence on its diverse peoples. The steady but significant acceptance of Islam among the region's population increasingly brought the region into a wider intellectual world extending into northern Africa and the Middle East. For many centuries, Senegambian Muslims had been conducting the hajj and traveling to Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to study Islam.
About the Speaker:
Assan Sarr is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of History at Ohio University. His research interests include peace and conflict in Africa, land tenure, agrarian change, oral history, slavery and Islam in West Africa's Senegambia region. He is the author of Islam, Power and Dependency in the Gambia River basin and several book chapters and articles, which appeared in the African Economic History, African Studies Review, Journal of West African History and Mande Studies. He is a member of the Ohio University Press board and a core member of the African Studies Program and the Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University.