Islamic Studies Today 2012
Ousmane Kane Named Alwaleed Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society
Ousmane Kane joined Harvard Divinity School in 2012 as the first Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society and Harvard’s first professor to specialize in Islam in Africa. Professor Kane earned his Ph.D. at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and, before coming to Harvard, was Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. In addition to his appointment at Harvard Divinity School, Professor Kane is Professor of African and African American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Professor Kane studies the history of Islamic religious institutions and organizations since the eighteenth century, the intellectual history of Islam in Africa, and the phenomenon of Muslim globalization. His publications include Homeland Is the Arena: Religion, Transnationalism and the Integration of Senegalese Immigrants in America (2010), Muslim Modernity in Postcolonial Nigeria (2003), Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa (2016), and articles published in the Harvard International Review, Politique étrangère, Afrique contemporaine, African Journal of International Affairs, Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines, and Islam et Sociétés au Sud du Sahara.