I’ve put out a few things recently that followers of this blog might be interested in reading:
- At The American Interest, I have an analysis of Mali’s twin crises and their implications for the region, as well as for the United States.
- At New York University’s The Revealer, I’ve finished a six-part series, “Schooling Muslims in Northern Nigeria.” Here are links to the introduction, part two (on Qur’anic schools), part three (on advanced Islamic education in “traditional” settings), part four (on “Islamiyya” schools), part five (on universities) and the conclusion. For more on these topics, I would recommend The Ink of the Scholar, Quranic Schools: Agents of Preservation and Change, the 1975 dissertation of John Weir Chamberlin, and Dr. Muhammad Sani Umar’s article “Education and Islamic Trends in Northern Nigeria: 1970-1990s” in Africa Today (summer 2001).
- At World Politics Review, I have a briefing on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its reactions to the coups in Mali and Guinea-Bissau.
- Finally, I recently reviewed Hans G. Kippenberg’s Violence as Worship for H-Net Reviews.
If you read any of these pieces, please let me know what you thought of them!