The African Origin of Civilization & Islamization Video Essay

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Islam and the African World

Watch Video: The African Origin of Civilization—Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop Interview (YouTube)

Watch Video–The Africans: A Triple Heritage–Program 1 by Ali Mazrui (YouTube) 

Read David Robinson, Introduction and Chapters 1- 4 (BB)

Please answer the following:

Watch Video:  The African Origin of  Civilization. What are the main points of this interview? What came as a surprise to you? And why? What is the most important line or lines in this interview? 

Watch Video by Ali Mazrui: Write a summary of the main points of this documentary? 

Read Robinson: Write a summary of the Introduction. And in one or two sentences, what message do you think the author is trying to convey to his reading audience? 

Read Robinson: What is the importance of Muhammad to the birth of Islam in Chapter 1? 

Read Robinson: What have you learned about “The Basic Institutions of Islam” in Chap. 2? 

Read Robinson: Briefly define “Islamization.” What have you learned about “The Islamization of Africa” in Chap. 3? 

Read Robinson: Briefly define “Africanization.” What have you learned about “The Africanization of Islam” in Chap. 4? 

Weeks 1 & 2: [ 5/30 – 6/9] Africa: The Cradle of Civilization          

Video: The African Origin of Civilization—Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop Interview (YouTube)

Video: The Africans—Program 1: A Triple Heritage by Ali Mazrui (YouTube)

 The Birth of Islam and Basic Institutions of Islam

David Robinson, Muslim Societies in African History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004), Introduction, xv-xx; Part I: Historical and Institutional Background, Chapter 1 “Muhammad and the Birth of Islam,” pp. 3-10; Chapter 2 “The Basic Institutions of Islam,” pp. 11-23. BB

The Islamization of Africa and the Africanization of Islam

David Robinson, Muslim Societies in African History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004), Part II: General Themes: Chapter 3 “The Islamization of Africa,” pp. 27-41 and Chapter 4 “The Africanization of Islam,” pp. 42-59.  BB

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