This short course provides the basis for understanding and critically examining the development of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa. It approaches architecture through building materials and African construction techniques, from earthen monuments to coral stone buildings. Two important themes will be developed: first, the diffusion of ideas, people and material cultures across the Sahara Desert; second, the role of Islam in the building of maritime regional identities, international trading networks and urbanisation of the Swahili coast.
Stephane Pradines - rchaeologist and Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) in London
AKU Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations