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CCI Occasional Publication: Debating the Origins of Boko Haram
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 - 15:30

The present issue of the CCI Occasional Papers includes three pieces debating the origins of Boko Haram.

“Slicing off the Tumour”: The History of Global Jihad in Nigeria, as Narrated by the Islamic State
Tue, 28 Aug 2018 - 10:15

Andrea Brigaglia analyses Khadh‘ al-waram min al-khawārij al-Shīkawiyya bi-bay‘at ahl al-karam (Slicing off the Tumour of Shekau's Kharijites, in Pledging Allegiance to the Honourable Ones), a book written by the two sons of Muhammad Yusuf (the first leader of "Boko Haram", died in 2009) and recently published by the Islamic State. 

Annual Review of Islam in Africa (ARIA) Special Issue on Islam in Nigeria
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 - 11:15

On behalf of the Centre for Contemporary Islam (CCI) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, we are pleased to announce the release of our most recent edition of the Annual Review of Islam in Africa (ARIA). The 2014 edition is a special issue on Islam in Nigeria. - See more at:

Workshop Announcement: "Muslim ‘Ulama’ in Chad: Perspectives from Historical and Anthropological Sources"
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 - 14:15

Funded by the Oppenheimer Africa Project, in cooperation with the Centre for African Studies (UCT), the Tombouctou Manuscripts Project (HUMA, UCT), and the Centre for Contemporary Islam (UCT), This workshop will take place in conjunction with the project ‘Religious Leaders and Knowledge Transmission in Central Africa: Muslim ‘Ulama’ in the history of Chad.’ The goal of the workshop is to bring together and coordinate a group of researchers who have already worked separately on issues related to the history of Islam in Chad. 

CCI Conference: "The Arts and Crafts of Literacy: Manuscript Cultures in Sub-Saharan Africa" September 5th-6th, 2013
Mon, 08 Apr 2013 - 14:45

The focus of this conference will be the Islamic manuscripts produced in sub-Saharan Africa, either in Arabic or in local languages written in the Arabic alphabet (‘ajami).

The aim of the conference is to gather contributions on the different dimensions of the manuscript, i.e. the materials, the technologies, the practices and the communities involved in the production, commercialization, circulation, preservation and consumption.

Scholarships and Fellowship Opportunities, 2013
Wed, 05 Dec 2012 - 15:00

Religion education is a contested field in our changing societies and communities.

This project is dedicated to critically examine what is happening in South Africa.

Opportunities for Short Fellowships
Sun, 01 Jul 2012 - 15:00

The CCI invites Research Fellows to join its research projects

Religious Leadership in East Africa: Comparing Christian Evangelism and Islamic Reform
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 - 15:00

A workshop planned with East African Scholars of religions in 2013.

Workshop lays out the law
Mon, 10 May 2010 - 12:15

Professor Abdulkader Tayob headed to Kenya in March for a special workshop, in which he and a group of Kenyan-based scholars met to discuss the role and status of Kadhis' Courts - presided over by judicial officers who adjudicate family matters according to Shariah Law - in that country.

Kenyans have been re-writing their constitution since the early 1990s, Tayob explains, in a bid to decentralise power in a system inherited from colonial times.