African history professor to speak at Rowan

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African history scholar Cheikh Anta Babou of the University of Pennsylvania will speak at Rowan University on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 12:15 p.m. as a part of the Dean's Distinguished Speakers Series presented by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
African history scholar Cheikh Anta Babou of the University of Pennsylvania will speak at Rowan University on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 12:15 p.m. as a part of the Dean's Distinguished Speakers Series presented by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

In "Cultural Encounters in the New African Diaspora," Babou will discuss his investigation of the process of cultural exchanges sparked by the encounters between African-Americans and Africans from the continent. Over the last half-century, more Africans have settled in the United States than those who were transplanted in the U.S. during the slave trade.  His talk will be held in the Eynon Ballroom of the Student Center.

Babou has taught African history at Penn since 2002.  Currently, he teaches African history and the history of Islam in Africa. His research focuses on mystical Islam in West Africa and Senegal and on the new African diaspora.

Babou's works are published in scholarly journals.  His book, Fighting the Greater Jihad: Amadu Bamba and the Founding of the Muridiyya of Senegal, 1853-1913, was published in 2007.

For more information, call 856-256-4850.

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