International Congress on “History of Islamic Civilization in West Africa” Banjul, Gambia, 27-28 July 2016

International Congress on “History of Islamic Civilization in West Africa” Banjul, Gambia, 27-28 July 2016

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology of the Republic of Gambia and OIC Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA, Istanbul, Turkey) are jointly organizing an International Congress on “History of Islamic Civilization in West Africa”. The congress will be held in Banjul, Gambia, on 27-28 July 2016.

Background:
The congress aims to contribute to promoting scholarly knowledge and understanding of the history and heritage of Islam in West Africa. Islam has been a determining factor in African history. Following the introduction of Islam into Africa, various Muslim scholarly traditions and philosophical schools developed and interacted with their African counterparts. For centuries Islam played a unifying role in the foundation of states and was a driving force for many African peoples in vital causes for independence and development. Islam supported intellectual, educational, artistic and literary advancements. Foundations of present-day linkages between Muslim countries and communities in Africa and those outside it were laid during this process. In our time Islam continues to influence the lives of more than half of African peoples.
The West African region played a major role in this process. The history and living heritage of Islam in West Africa significantly reflect this history and preserve its memory.

Objectives:
The principal aims of the congress are to
• Promote research and education on the history and cultural heritage of Islam in West Africa by addressing the theme on a scholarly platform
• Bring together scholars and researchers to communicate findings of their studies and contribute in disseminating these findings worldwide
• Contribute in promoting awareness on the Islamic history and heritage of West Africa by the general public within and outside the region
• Highlight the experience of West Africa as to coexistence of different faiths and different cultures towards promoting a culture of diversity and peace in the present world.

Themes
Paper presentations will address the following and related themes with comprehensive or case-specific studies: Spread of Islam in West Africa: trade routes and other factors
 Islam as a solidarity factor in West African history
 Islam in educational development: leading scholars and institutions
 Influence of Islam in language and literature
 Islamic arts, architecture and archaeology
 Relations between African countries and Muslim countries outside Africa in historical perspective

Languages:
The congress will be conducted in English and French.

Venue
The congress venue will be announced in due course.

Application for participation:
Abstracts and CV's not exceeding 300 words should be sent to the following mail addresses by 30 March 2016
IRCICA
congress@ircica.org