This bibliography has been prepared in conjunction with the African Studies Centre Leiden / Centre d'Etude d'Afrique Noire project "Islam, the Disengagement of the State, and Globalization in Sub-Saharan Africa", that was funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which resulted in a Conference held in the UNESCO building in Paris on 12 and 13 May 2005. The original bibliography was limited to contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, that is from around 1960 to 2006. Later both limits, in time and region, have been removed, resulting in the current "Islam in Africa" bibliography. More updates will follow regularly.
The bibliography contains over 7000 references to secondary literature in European languages about Islam in Africa. Many of the entries also have abstracts, which the ASC library staff has produced. Some of the other entries have abstracts from the authors, publishers, and journals themselves. Also many records contain links to the online full text.
The following sources were consulted for this bibliography:
- Library catalogues, including those of the African Studies Centre Leiden, Northwestern University, and the US Library of Congress;
- Various published bibliographies, that deal with both Islamic and regional studies (among these the "Index Islamicus");
- Literature references in a large number of recent publications on Islam in Africa.
- In addition, many researchers responded to a call for references, that was announced on H-net Africa and through various email lists.
Honorable Mention Conover-Porter Award, 2008
The Africana Librarians Council (USA) wrote: "With author and subject browsing and fielded searching, and searchable abstracts re-purposed from the ASC Library's catalog, the online database format offers to the web-browsing world a resource discovery tool far surpassing the printed work".
This bibliography was moved from the ASC Leiden website to AfricaBib on 28 June 2012.
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