Historic Mosques in Sub-Saharan Africa

From Timbuktu to Zanzibar


This book is the first comprehensive synthesis on mosques in sub-Saharan Africa, bringing together sites from more than twenty states from sub-Saharan Africa; and more than 285 monuments, from the IXth to the XIXth centuries. This monograph is divided into three large geographical areas, from the earthen mosques of West Africa, to the Nile Valleys and the Horn of Africa, and to the Indian Ocean shores and Swahili coral stone mosques. This book is a statement that African mosques demonstrate cultural links with North Africa, Arabia, Persia and India, these monuments are unique in the history of Islamic architecture, and they belong to our World Heritage.

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Stéphane Pradines, (PhD in Islamic Archaeology from Sorbonne University, Paris IV, 2001) is Associate Professor at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations, Aga Khan University, London (AKU-ISMC) and an archaeologist working in Egypt and East Africa. Dr Pradines is a specialist of warfare in the medieval Middle East and Muslim trade in the Indian Ocean. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Access Journal of Muslim Material Cultures, published by Brill. Prior to joining AKU-ISMC in 2012, Dr Pradines was in charge of Islamic Archaeology at the French Institute in Cairo. His publications include Fortifications et urbanisation en Afrique orientale, 2004, Gedi, une cité portuaire swahilie, 2010 and Guerre et paix dans le Proche-Orient médiéval (Xe-XVe s.), M. Eychenne, S. Pradines & A. Zouache (eds.), Cairo, Ifao/Ifpo.