The Islamic University of Niger from Lahore, Pakistan, to Say, Niger: The Challenge of Establishing a Transnational Islamic University

  • Mbaye Lo


Islamic University of Niger (IUN) has often been overlooked in the academic discussions on Islamic institutions of higher learning. In the Duke University Conference on October 18, 2013, IUN was generally characterized as a “failed model of an Islamic institution.” Osman Kane (2012) has noted that “After 25 years of existence, the Islamic University of Say in Niger has produced only two graduates with a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies” (Kane 2012: 9). In an interview with Abdel-Aziz Boufalja, the former secretary of the Federation of Universities of the Islamic World at its headquarters in Rabat, Morocco, he reminded me of his effort to revitalize IUN, describing it as an “exhausting and unproductive institution” (Boufalja 2014). However, stakeholders at the university give a different assessment, as they put the university’s development in a broader historical context that is still in the making.


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