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Islam and the Idea of the “African University”: An Analytical Framework

  • Mbaye Lo

Abstract

The mission of a university is to create a space where knowledge is unearthed, produced, disseminated, and stored for the benefit of mankind (Barzum 1969; Cole, 2009; Kiss and Euben 2009). This task encompasses the creation of knowledge and its transmission to innovation and discovery for the improvement ofpeople’s standard of living. The idea of the “African University” is an abstraction of this task within the African context. It is a discussion of how to generate knowledge that is primarily utilized for the purpose ofpresenting or interpreting information regarding the African peoples. Disseminating knowledge about Africa to Africans and others is no less important than producing the knowledge itself. These two challenges of producing and disseminating knowledge are the key themes of the ideas surrounding the “African University.” The following discussion will survey Africa’s cultural heritages in order to reveal some existing lacunae, loopholes, and unfilled charts in the folds of Africa’s knowledge map, which should be considered in any educational reform.

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Knowledge Production Educational Reform Muslim Community Colonial Legacy Muslim Identity 
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