Cheikh Babou

Cheikh  Babou

Professor of History

Africa, Islam

215 898.2188

College Hall 306G

Cheikh Anta Babou is a historian of Islam and the modern West African Muslim diaspora. He joined the history department of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2002.  Educated at University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar and Michigan State University, Dr. Babou is the author of Fighting the Greater Jihad: Amadu Bamba and the Founding the Muridiyya of Senegal, 1853–2013 (Ohio U Press, 2007), a French translation of the book was released by Karthala under the title Le Jihad de l’Ame in 2011. His second book, The Muridiyya on the Move: Islam, Migration and Place Making was published by Ohio University Press in 2021. Dr. Babou is the author of numerous articles that appeared in African Affairs, Journal of African HistoryInternational Journal of African Historical Studies, Journal of Religion in AfricaAfrica Today and other scholarly journals in the United States and in France. He has contributed chapters to five edited volumes on Sufi Islam, migration, Islamic Education, Senegalese politics and the African diaspora. Babou has presented papers in international scholarly meetings on Islam and the transnational migration of West African Muslims across North America and Europe. He was an editor of the Journal of African History from 2011 to 2016.

Babou offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to ancient African history, colonial rule, decolonization, Islam, religion and politics, migration and the new African diaspora.

Office Hours
Tuesday 12:00-2:00pm and Friday 11:00-12:00pm

Ph.D. Michigan State University, 2002

M. Sc. Ecole Normale Supérieure, Dakar, 1994

D.E.A. Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, 1992

M.A. Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, 1991

B.A. University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, 1990

Courses Taught

HIST 075 Africa before 1800

HIST 206 Decolonization & Africa

HIST 206 Religion and Colonial Rule in Africa

HIST 232 Immigrants and Refugees in African History

HIST 275 Islam and Society in America

HIST 650 Religious Encounters in Africa

HIST 560 African Immigrant Lives in West Philadelphia

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