This is but a humble attempt to frame a discussion on Islam, prophetic voices and geographical spaces in Africa as territorial canvasses for sketching out Islam's sacred history. This way of thinking or conceptualizing about Africa is not as fashionable among Muslim Qur'anic scholars as it is among black Biblical theologians. Yet, this is not to suggest that the approach of this study is grounded in the Afro-centered methodology. Such an approach has its own place and serves certain ideological and cultural functions especially within a given African American diasporic scholarship. Rather, the aim of this research is two-fold: first, to critique Afro-centric thought and, second, to probe and re-center or re-state Africa's position within Islam's civilizational and spiritual narrative.
Keywords: African Landscape, Afro-centric, Qur’anic Figures, Patriarchs/Matriarchs, Hijra/Exoduses, Sacred Drama/Islamic Sacred History
How to Cite:
Chande, A., (2012) “Islam and Qur'anic figures in Africa: Prophets, Sages and Disciples”, Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Multidisciplinary Studies: Mathal 2(1), p.1-14. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/2168-538X.1025
Rights: Copyright © 2012 by Abdin Chande