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Dr Abdoulaye Sounaye

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Education Top

2012

PhD, Northwestern University, USA (Religious Studies/Anthropology)

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Work Experience Top

Current

Research Fellow
Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, Germany

Teaching:

 

2009-2010

Boston University Abroad, Niamey - Niger
Taught two courses (Development Studies and Community Placement)

1997 - 2003

Taught African Systems of Thought.

2010-2013

Abdou Moumouni University, Niamey-Niger
Introduction to Islam; Islam and Modernity; African Philosophy; Religion and Colonialism; History of Islam in Africa; Sociology of Religion; Research method

1997-2003

Taught various courses including African Philosophy, African Religions, etc

1997-2003

Arizona State University, USA
Teaching Associate

2007-2012

Northwestern University, USA
Research Assistant Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa

Management:

 

2007

Coordinated: Assessment of Higher Education in Niger, Niger-EU project.

2001-2003

Resident Director, Boston University Abroad Program, Niger.
Managed the program, taught classes and coordinated academic activities.

1998-2001

Abdou Moumouni University, Faculte des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Niamey, Niger. Coordinated departmental activities, teaching, research, and conferences.

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Select Publications Top

Books

2016

Islam et Modernité Contribution a l’Analyse de La ré-islamisation Au Niger. L’Harmattan.

2010

Irwo Sunnance yan-no! 1: Youth Claiming, Contesting and Transforming Salafism, in Islamic Africa, 6 (2015) pp. 82-108.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2016a

“Let’s Do Good for Islam: Two Muslim Entrepreneurs in Niamey, Niger.” In Cultural Entrepreneurship in Africa, 37–57. New York, N.Y.: Routledge.

2016b

“Walking to the Makaranta: Production, Circulation, and Transmission of Islamic Learning in Urban Niger.” In Islamic Education in Africa, Robert Launay, 234–52. Indianapolis and Bloomington.

2015a

Irwo Sunnance yan-no! 1: Youth Claiming, Contesting and Transforming Salafism, in Islamic Africa, 6 (2015) pp. 82-108.

2015b

"The Possibilities are Endless" – Progress and the Taming of Contingency,  ZMO Programmatic Text No 9, 10 S.

2015c

"Le français : langue d'élite, langue de religiosité, outil de réislamisation au Niger" in Histoire, Monde et Cultures religieuses N° 36 décembre 2015, pp. 119-140.

2014

Mobile Sunna: Islam, Small Media and Community, Social Compass, 61, 1, 21-29.

2013

Alarama is all at once: Preacher, Media Savvy and Religious Entrepreneur, in Journal of African Cultural Studies, volume 25 issue 1, pp. 88-102.

2012a

“Heirs of the Sheikh: Izala and its Appropriation of Usman Dan Fodio in Niger” in Cahiers dEtudes Africaines, vol. 206-207, pp. 427-447.

2012b

“Les Clubs des Jeunes Musulmans du Niger: un espace intergénérationnel,” in Muriel Gomez-Perez et Marie Nathalie LeBlanc (éds.) LAfrique des générations. Entre tensions et négociations. Paris, Karthala : pp. 166-217.

2012c

Recognizing Religion in Development Processes in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Niger, in Journal Ciência & Trópico, volume 36, number 1, pp. 45-72.

2011a

“Go Find the Second Half of Your Faith With These Women!” Women Fashioning Islam in Contemporary Niger. The Muslim World, Vol. 101, 3, pp. 539–554.

2011b

“La « discothèque » islamique: CD et DVD au cœur de la réislamisation nigérienne, www.ethnographiques.org, 22  - May 2011. http://www.ethnographiques.org/2011/Sounaye

2011c

“Doing Development the Islamic Way in Contemporary Niger,” Bulletin of the Euro-African Association for the Anthropology of Social Change and Development, vol. 33, pp. 61-90.

2009a

Izala au Niger: une alternative de communauté religieuse,” in L. Fourchard, O. Goerg and M. Gomez-Perez (ed.), Les lieux de sociabilité urbaine dans la longue durée en Afrique, Paris, L'Harmattan, pp.481-500.

2009b

“Speaking for Islam: Ulama, Laïcité, and Democratization in Niger,” in American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Vol 23, Summer 2009, pp.110-127.

2009c

“Ambiguous Secularism: Islam, Laïcité and the State in Niger” in Civilisations, Vol. LVIII, 2, December 2009, pp. 41-57.

2009d

“Islam, État et société: à la recherche d’une éthique publique au Niger” in Islam, Etat et Société, Rene Otayek and Benjamin Soares, Paris: Karthala, 2009, pp. 327-351

2007

-"Instrumentalizing the Qur'an in Niger Public Life" in Journal for Islamic Studies, Vol. 27, 2007, 211-239.

2005

"Les politiques de l’islam dans l’ère de la démocratisation de 1991 à 2002", in M. Perez--Gomez, éd., lislam politique au sud du Sahara, Paris, Karthala : 2005, pp.503-525.

Book Reviews

 

 

Jan Patrick Heiss, Musa: An essay (or experiment) in the anthropology of the individual. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2015, 329 pp. Africa, 87(2).

 

Mamadou Diouf, Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013, in Journal of African History.

 

Adeline Masquelier, Women and Islamic Revival in a West African Town. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009, in Islamic Africa, Fall 2011, pp. 123-27

Other writings

 

2011a

Islam au Niger: de la contestation à la normalisation, http://alternatives-economiques.fr/blogs/giraf/2010/11/15/islam-au-niger-de-la-contestation-a-la-normalisation/

2011b

Islam au Niger: Eviter l’amalgame, http://humanitaire.revues.org/index1023.html

Professional Presentations, Lectures, Workshops Top

2016

Violences religieuses anti-Charlie au Niger, Niamey 24 August 2016

2015

“Salafi Context and the Charlie Hebdo Riots,” ASA, San Diego, USA, Nov 22

 

«Le Salafisme en contexte urbain, »Universite de Lausanne, Suisse, Avril 27.

 

«Impractical Laicite» Tolerance in Contemporary Muslim Thought and Practice, King’s College London, 16-17 March 2015

2014

Producing Islamic Reform: Media Practices and the Construction of Religious Authority in Niger, Feb. 17.

 

Meanings and Understanding of Shari’a from below, Tempe, Arizona State University, Feb. 24

2013

Irwo Sunnance Yan-no! : Performing difference and distinction among the Izala- Sunnance in Niamey, Niger, Dec. 5, Uppsala, Sweeden.

 

Religion, Media and Marginalization in Africa from 1800. SOAS, University of London, March 22-24th, London.

 

La Communauté de prêche: histoire et ethnographie d’un groupe islamique, January 25th, Lasdel, Niamey.

2012

Recognizing Religion in Development, Recife, Brazil, May 21-June 1st

 

Becoming Preacher: Youth and Islamic Revival in Niamey, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, Germany, Oct. 9, 2012-11-28

 

The Wazu Community: Youth Appropriating Preaching in Niger, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, Oct. 25, 2012

 

Religion, Media and Marginalization in Africa from 1800. SOAS, University of London, March 22-24th, London.

 

Mediating Sermon in Niamey, University of Cologne, Germany, Nov. 22, 2012

2011

Gendered Media, Gendered Religion: Women’ Construction of Islamic Authority on TV. Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 1-3, 2011.

 

La construction de l’ennemi: Islam au Sahel, Paris, Reasopo, Feb 3-4, 2011

 

Alarama: Preacher, Media Savvy and Religious Entrepreneur, Point Sud, Bamako, Mali, Jan. 3-4, 2011.

2010

Islam, Etat et Laïcité au Niger, IRD Bamako, Mali, Jan. 22, 2010 - Instruments de la nouvelle culture islamique, Lasdel, Niamey, Feb. 16, 2010

2009

Knowledge Economy and Public Islam: Women and Youth Learning Communities in Contemporary Niger, Universite Paris 7, May 13.

2008

Mediating Islam: Preaching, Media and Moral Economy in Niger, University of Boulder, Colorado, June 5.

2007

Religion in Colonial Niger, Modernity and Religious Encounter, Feb. 11.

 

Imagining Indigenous Religions in Colonial Niger: The Case of the Babule Religious Movement, Society for the Anthropology of Religion, Phoenix, Arizona, April 15.

 

Appropriating the Dan Fodio’s Jihad, American Academy of Religion, March 23rd.

2004

Epistemology of Religious Studies: Rethinking Categories in the Study of Indigenous religions, African Studies Association, DC, Nov. 2004

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Grants, Awards and Fellowships Top

  • Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Post-Doc, Berlin, Germany 2013
  • Rethinking Development South-South Perspectives, Codesria – Clasco – Apisa, Recife, Brazil, May-June, 2012
  • Presidential Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2011-2013.
  • Fellowship: Media Appropriation and Changing Mediascapes in Sub-Saharan Africa: New Media Actors and Sociotechnical Shaping of public spheres, Jan 2011, Bamako, Mali.
  • Graduate Research Grant, Northwestern University, Winter 2010.
  • Hunwick Research Fund / Research on History of Islam in Africa 2009.
  • Social Science Research Council, Pre-dissertation Research, New York 2008.
  • Panofsky Award, Program of African Studies, 2008.
  • Fellowship: Publislam: Espaces Publics Religieux, ANR, France, 2007-2009.
  • The Gwendolen M. Carter fellowship, PAS, Northwestern University, 2007-2008
  • Outstanding MA Thesis, Arizona State University, 2005.
  • Fellowship: Islam, Disengagement of the State, and Globalization in Sub-Saharan Africa, University of Leiden, Netherlands and University of Bordeaux, France: 2004-2005.
  • Fulbright, 2003-2005.

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Service to the Community Top

  • Coordinated and supervised several well digging projects in Niger
  • Participated in various building capacity initiatives (education, petty trade, management, etc.) with the Archdiocese of Niamey, Niger.
  • Advising and collaboration with youth organizations in Niamey and Filingue, Niger.
  • Various seminars on research methodology, Niamey – Niger.
  • Coordinated the activities of the Café Philo of the Chicago’s French cultural and learning center, 2008-2009
  • Coordinated also various seminars and workshops on resource management, productivity and teaching pedagogy, Abdou Moumouni University.
  • Information Secretary, Faculty Union, Abdou Moumouni University.
  • Peer Reviewing: African Studies Review, Etudes Sahéliennes, edited volumes.

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Professional Organizations Top

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Anthropological Association
  • African Studies Association
  • West African Research Association

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Languages Top

  • French (Fluent)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Hausa (Native)
  • Zarma (Native)
  • Arabic (Intermediate)
  • Spanish (Intermediate)
  • Wolof (Intermediate)
  • German (intermediate)