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Title:Engaging with a legacy: Nehemia Levtzion (1935-2003)
Editor:McDougall, E. AnnISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:Islamic studies
Islamic history
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About person:Nehemia Levtzion (1935-2003)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/i40016719
Abstract:This volume draws principally on presentations from two African Studies Association meetings (2003, 2004) that celebrated Nehemia Levtzion's contributions to the field of Islam in Africa. The first section, Memoirs and memories, starts with an account by Levtzion himself of his life story, produced on the occasion of his 60th birthday celebration in 1995. This is complemented by reminiscences by Ivor Wilks, Martin Klein, Roland Oliver, William F.S. Miles, Naomi Chazan and E. Ann McDougall, and an in memoriam of Levtzion's wife, Tirtza Levtzion (1935-2007). In the second section, Engaging with a legacy, two long-time colleagues and a young graduate student respond directly to Levtzion's corpus of work: Breaking new ground in 'pagan' and 'Muslim' West Africa (David Robinson); Neo-Sufism: reconsidered again (John O. Voll); Linking translation theory and African history: domestication and foreignization in 'Corpus of early Arabic sources for West African history' (Dalton S. Collins). The third section, The ancient Ghana and Mali project, deals with the project initiated by Levtzion to revise his 1973 publication 'Ancient Ghana and Mali' and contains contributions by Susan Keech McIntosh, Roderick J. McIntosh, and David C. Conrad. Levtzion proposed that the question of origins of Sudanic polities such as Ghana should be reconsidered with regard to findings from research in archaeology and related disciplines. The final section, Developing 'themes': history of Islam in Africa, reflects Levtzion's multidisciplinary interests: Christians and Muslims in nineteenth-century Liberia: from ideological antagonism to practical toleration (Yekutiel Gershoni); From the colony to the post-colony: Sufis and Wahhbsts in Senegal and Nigeria (Irit Back); The philosophy of the revolution: thoughts on modernizing Islamic schools in Ghana (David Owusu-Ansah and Abdulai Iddrisu); A question of beginnings (Kenneth W. Harrow); 'Islamic music in Africa' as a tool for African Studies (Michael Frishkopf); Hidden in the household: gender and class in the study of Islam in Africa (E. Ann McDougall). The issue also contains a bibliography of Levtzion's work (p. 238-247) and a re-print of one of his last pieces, 'Resurgent Islamic fundamentalism as an integrative factor in the politics of Africa and the Middle East' (2007). [ASC Leiden abstract]