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Assan Sarr

5:00 pm

3401 Walnut Street, 330A

Tijaniyya in the History of Niumi (Gambia): Reflections on Jihad and Conversion

Assan Sarr is an associate professor of History and the director of graduate studies in the Department of History at Ohio University. I am also an affiliate faculty of the African Studies Program and a member of the Ohio University Press Board. In 2016, I was awarded the 2016-17 Jeanette G. Grasselli Brown Faculty Teaching Award in the Humanities. Prior to joining the Ohio University faculty, I taught African and World History at the College of Charleston in South Carolina for 3 years. My research interests covers a wide range of topics including agrarian change, land tenure and Islam in Gambia region.  I published several articles, book chapters and a 2016 book entitled Islam Power and Dependency in the Gambia River Basin: The politics of land control, 1790-1940 with the University of Rochester Press. I am now working on a book on a Tijaniyya community in the Gambia, whose role in the growth and development of the brotherhood in the Senegambia was major but not recognized in the scholarship.

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