The Annual Review of Islam in South Africa (ARISA) is produced by the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. It publishes works that relate to Islam and Muslims in South Africa, but includes reports on relevant matters from other parts of the African continent. ARISA is jointly edited by Susana Molins Literas and Shaheed Mathee. This homepage allows free access to all articles published in the review between 1998 to 2005. The materials are presented in PDF. Adobe Acrobat Reader is therefore needed for access. Among the articles featured include: 'Aspects of Muslim Participation in the South African Economy'; 'Muslim Political Space in South Africa: Imagining a Local Ummah'; 'Current Research and Writing Relating to Islam and Muslims'; and 'Muslims in the Townships of South Africa'. This should be a useful resource for those seeking a better understanding of the role of Islam in Africa and the experiences of Muslims there.
This PDF document describes an AHRC-funded investigation into the Tunisian “healing music” stambeli. This underground music and associated rituals has its origins in the largely vanished network of houses that supported freed slaves and sub-Saharan migrants across Tunisia, and represents the meeting of ‘black’ sub-Saharan African and ‘white’ Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures through its motifs of black spirits and white saints. The project will produce a detailed monograph and audio CD based on fieldwork. The website includes more detail of the research questions and the reseach site Dar Barnu, the last surviving house, and its head Abdul-Majid Barnawi, last of a generation of stambeli elders.
This website describes itself as "the first world wide web initiative to create and develop a complete portal to Moroccan Sufism". Many websites that deal with the subject of Moroccan Sufism do so in French, and this is one of the first to do so in English. The author of the website himself is a descendant and devotee of famous Sufi shaykhs of this region, and this website is therefore mainly aimed at people with a personal interest in Sufism. However, the information given here about the various scholars, saints and shariffs (descendents of the Prophet Muhammad) of Morocco is extensive, and would still be of great use for the researcher. Biographies of important figures come with pictures of their tombs and long translations of passages from their works. The 'Hagiography Bank' section also proves quite useful, as one can find such figures listed according to date, place or tariqa (Sufi order) affiliation. In addition to this, newcomers to the subject can also find more general articles on the various aspects of Moroccan Islam and Sufism. For those interested in discussion with fellow admirers or researchers, a forum is available on the website.
This interesting website displays the digitised version of 32 Islamic manuscripts from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujheba in Mali. They cover a wide range of topics (e.g. Islamic Law; Muslims and Non-Muslims; Living with Christians; Early Years of Islam; and Islamic Manuscripts) and were written in various styles of the Arabic script as developed in Mali and its surrounding regions. The manuscripts can be browsed by Keyword; Titles and Subjects. The site, which is maintained by the African and Middle Eastern Division of the US Library of Congress, also displays maps, photographs and other information about the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library. It contains background information about the collection itself and a brief description of how the manuscripts were digitised. This should be a useful resourse for those researching on Islamic history in general and the history of Islam in Africa in particular.
The Islam pages of the Overview of World Religions website provide introductory articles on many aspects of Islamic belief and practice. Topics include the historical development of Islam and the spread of Islamic civilization as well as more specific traditions within Islam. The site is divided into four main sections: Islam; Sunni tradition; Shi'a tradition; and Sufi orders. Each section includes a general introductory article as well as articles on specific schools of jurisprudence, sects, or traditions. The articles are accessible and well-cited, and will be most appropriate as introductory texts for students or as a basis for further research. The site is part of PHILTAR (Philosophy, Theology and Religion), a project of the Division of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Cumbria. Other sections of the main site provide links to articles and further resources on Islam.
The website for the journal Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée makes available abstracts and some full-text articles from the journal, published by the Institut de recherches et d'études sur le Monde arabe et musulman (IREMAM) in Aix-en-Provence. The journal publishes thematic issues on the Muslim world, broadly defined, in two different series: History and the Contemporary World. Each issue includes a number of articles on a general theme, including contributions from scholars of the Muslim world beyond the Middle East and North Africa; an introductory article; independent studies; book reviews; and lists of bibliographic and electronic resources. The journal is an important source for contemporary scholarship on the Muslim world, and its online version makes much of its text available to a broad public. The website also includes further electronic resources, in collaboration with the Bibenligne site, that will be of use to all those interested in the Mediterranean and the Muslim world. Abstracts are published in French and English, though most of the full-text articles are available only in French.
This webpage allows visitors to access the full-text of 'Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria 1999-2006: A Sourcebook' (ISBN:978-978-029-837-1). The work was compiled and edited by Philip Ostien, and was published in 2007 by Spectrum Books Limited. This online edition, which is made available by the University of Bayreuth on their 'Sharia Debates and Their Perception by Christians and Muslims in Selected African Countries' project homepage, includes documents which were too voluminous to be featured in the print version. The work is divided into the following 5 volume headings: Historical Background; Sharia Implementation Committee Records and Related White Papers; Sanitizing Society; The Sharia Project and Criminal Procedure Codes; and Two Famous Cases (i.e. the cases of Safiyatu Hussaini and Amina Lawal). These are presented in PDF and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. This should be an interesting resource for those researching on the application of Islamic Law in African countries, and in Nigeria in particular.
Website providing full text online access to Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria 1999-2006: A Sourcebook by Philip Ostien. The book was published by Spectrum Books in 2007 and is made freely available on the website of the University of Bayreuth in Germany. The book is arranged into five volumes with the following headings: historical background; Sharia Implementation Committee reports and related white papers; sanitizing society; Sharia penal and criminal procedure codes and two famous cases. Each section is subdivided into chapters which can be downloaded in PDF. A selection of supplementary materials are provided with the online version which are not available with the printed version.
This is a website dedicated to the Tijani Sufi Way, which was founded in 1784 by the North African saint Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani (d.1815), when he had a vision of the Prophet Muhammad. This Sufi order is extremely influential in many parts of Africa today, and has even found followers as far as Indonesia and the United States. Information on the the doctrine and practice of the order can be found on this website, as well as biographies of its major figures. Such information is usually presented with sources and references. Also, a news section enables the visitor to follow recent developments occurring among Tijani communities around the world.