AfroMecca in History: African Societies, Anti-Black Racism, and Teaching in al-Haram Mosque in Mecca
Just as the racist imaginary of Europeans about Black Africans has centered since the 18th century on the term "monkey/ape", that of Arabs has centered, since at least the middle ages, on the term "?abd" ("slave"). According to this imaginary, any black person is, by definition, ... read full description below.
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Just as the racist imaginary of Europeans about Black Africans has centered since the 18th century on the term "monkey/ape", that of Arabs has centered, since at least the middle ages, on the term "?abd" ("slave"). According to this imaginary, any black person is, by definition, a slave. As such, this book discusses anti-Black racism in Mecca and in other Arab regions, as well as the ancient presence of the Black diaspora in Mecca and Hijaz and the contribution it has made in different areas. The book also looks at the teaching system in the al-Haram Mosque of Mecca, its religious and political role, and the way it was dispensed during the Ottoman period, the reign of Sharif Husayn and the political regime of the Al Sa'ud Wahhabi.
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Chanfi Ahmed is Lecturer on the History of Africa at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin-Germany. He received his PhD in History from the EHESS in Paris, and his research focuses on the history and anthropology of Islam in Africa and the history of the Muslim world in general. He has written on a variety of topics related to Islam in Africa, including Sufi revival, Muslim preachers, Islamic education and Islamic faith-based NGOs and Salafism. His books include Preaching Islamic Revival in East Africa (2018); West African ?ulama ? and Salafism in Mecca and Medina. Jawab al-Ifriqi: The Response of the African (2015); Les Conversions a l'Islam fondamentaliste en Afrique au sud du Sahara. Le cas de la Tanzanie et du Kenya (2008); Ngoma et Mission Islamique (da?wa) aux Comores et en Afrique Orientale. Une Approche anthropologique (2002); and Islam et Politique aux Comores (2000).