By E. Ann McDougall

ISBN-10: 041563167X

ISBN-13: 9780415631679

Engaging with a Legacy exhibits how Nehemia Levtzion formed our realizing of Islam in Africa and inspired successive scholarly generations of their method of Islamization, conversion and fundamentalism. The ebook illuminates his paintings, occupation and kinfolk lifestyles – together with his personal ‘life imaginative and prescient’ at the get together of his 60th birthday. It speaks to his courting with researchers at domestic and overseas as mentor, colleague and provocateur; in a single part, numerous authors give some thought to these dynamics by way of own improvement. Levtzion’s contemporaries additionally communicate of interactions with him (and his life-long significant other, spouse Tirza) within the Fifties and Sixties; we see in those writings the delivery of West African historic reviews. Levtzion’s arrival as Israeli graduate-student in Nkrumah’s Egyptian-leaning Ghana, and the talk over what ‘African reviews’ should still suggest in an atmosphere that integrated the private intervention of W.E.B. Du Bois, are tales advised for the 1st time. such a lot poignant is the account of Levtzion’s dedication to development African experiences, whole with emphasis on Islam, within the middle of the Jewish nation on the Hebrew collage. His unending defence of this system mirrored his selection to be either ‘engaged historian’ and ‘engaged Israeli’ – a legacy he selected for himself. eventually, an ‘Epilogue’ to the unique book indicates how one point this legacy, Levtzion’s growing to be preoccupation with the ‘public sphere in Muslim societies’, has develop into much more correct in ‘post-Arab Spring’ Africa and the center East. 

This e-book used to be released as a distinct factor of the Canadian magazine of African Studies.

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