The History of Islam in Africa

Peace, one and all…


Just a quick post to advertise an interesting course.

The History of Islam in Africa.  Date: Saturday 5 May 2007 – Sun 6th May; Time: 10:00AM – 5:00PM; Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX (nearest tube station Euston Square or Russell Square)

Speaker(s): Abdullah Hakim Quick.  Organiser(s):

Looking at the life and times of Shk Uthman Dan Fodio.  A two day course delivered by Dr Abdullah Hakim Quick: A thought provoking two day lecture that traces the existence of monotheism in Africa from it’s earliest times. Dr Quick follows the spread of Islam from the coming of last Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to the present day focusing on the life and times of the great scholar and reviver Shk
Uthman Dan Fodio. This course is critical for young scholars of the African renaissance and those interested in truly understanding the Islamic phenomena on this phenomenal continent.

Ma’as salama,
Abdur Rahman


Forthcoming Teaching Commitments, insha Allah…

Peace, one and all…

Insha Allah, in the next few months I’ll be taking on some extra teaching jobs. 

Firstly, in January 2007, I’ll be teaching a new course for the Centre for Lifelong Learning.  It’s entitled ‘Heresy’ in the Medieval Islamic World and will essentially look at the history and doctrines of a number of key groups.  Although I’ve not quite decided upon the final list, I’ll probably include the following:

  • The Khawarij (possibly) 
  • The Kaysaniyya
  • The Khattabiyya
  • The Ismailis
  • The Yezidis (if I can get hold of some key information, as there’s not much written about them)

Secondly, in March 2007 I’ve again been asked to teach the first year Islamic Studies section of the Religious Studies course.  Last year it was called Islamic Tradition: History, Law & Practice.  For this time around, insha Allah, I’m going to alter it slightly to include spirituality.  The working title (which I have to run past the boss) is Islamic Traditions: Identity, Authority & Law in the Early Islamic World.

Thirdly, my recent proposal for a 2nd year course on Shia Islam: History & Theology was received warmly.  There were a few technical matters, but nothing too troublesome.  Insha Allah, it’ll run.  However, even if it doesn’t, it’s been a useful exercise.

Wa akhiru da’wana an il hamdu lillahi rabbil alameen

Ma’as salama,
Abdur Rahman

The History of Islam

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmtullahi wa barakatuh

Ahlan wa sahlan and welcome to my new blog, The History of Islam.

Firstly, let me introduce myself.  My name is Abdur Rahman.  I’m a thirty something English Muslim, living in the Valleys of South Wales.  This is not my first adventure in the world of blogging.  I currently maintain another blog, called Abdur Rahman’s Corner.

I work in a local university where, amongst other things, I teach a few classes on Islam and its history.  In the next few months or so (God willing) I will be starting a PhD.

The purpose of this blog is to share my academic papers on Islamic history, as well as relevant book reviews, academic articles and links to useful web resources.

As of yet, though, I won’t be posting anything here for a few months (until I’m able to devote more time to it).  This post is merely to reserve the blog space and name, so to speak.

Anyway, welcome again.

Ma’as salama,
Abdur Rahman