The second installment of the Journal’s continuing series of interviews with foundational scholars of the study of Islam in Africa is with Professor Abdul Sheriff of Zanzibar. Professor Sheriff is a native of Zanzibar and is best known for his groundbreaking book Slaves Spices and Ivory first published in 1987. His career, however, has been wide and varied. He began his graduate work in the 1960s at ucla and completed his doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 1971. For many years he was a member of the History Department at the University of Dar es Salaam where he was a founding member of the influential “Dar es Salaam school” of African history. Later, he was Director of Zanzibar Museums and founding director of the Zanzibar Indian Ocean Research Institute ( ziori ). The following are excerpts of a conversation I had with him in July, 2016 in Zanzibar Stone Town. SR: You grew up in the colonial period. How did that effect your approach to history? AS : Actually reflecting on myself at that time, I am struck how I was influenced by the teachers at that time because of my age,
Islamic Africa (continuation of Sudanic Africa) – Brill
Published: Nov 2, 2016
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