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Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann

Seesemann Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann
Seesemann


Islamic Studies with a special focus on Africa


Academic Degrees

2004

Habilitation: Islamic Studies, University of Bayreuth

1993Doctorate: Islamic Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
1985 – 1991

Studies in Islamic Studies, Islamic Philology, Social Anthropology, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Professional Background

2011 – 2016Heisenberg Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Bayreuth
5/2010

Visiting Professor, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

2005 – 2011Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Northwestern University Evanston, IL (successful completion of tenure process and promotion to  Associate Professor in 2011)
2000 – 2004Research Associate in SFB/FG 560 "Local action in Africa in the context of global influences" at the University of Bayreuth (Project: "The Islamic Education System in East Africa")
1999 – 2000DFG – Habilitation fellowship, University of Bayreuth 
1997 – 1998

DFG – Research fellowship, University of Bayreuth

1996Research Associate, SFB 214 "Identity in Africa", University of Bayreuth
1994 – 1995Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum (Sudan)
1993 – 1995

Postdoc fellowship, research training group “Intercultural Relations in Africa”, University of Bayreuth

Other

Since 2016

Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of African Religions, University of Pennsylvania Press

Since 2015Deputy Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Bayreuth
Since 2015

Member of the Advisory Board of the journal Islamic Africa, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden

2012 – 2013Vice Dean, Bayreuth International School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth
2011 – 2012

Guest Editor, Oxford Islamic Studies Online (West Africa Regional Spotlight)

2011Consultant of the Islam Research Programme, Leiden
2010 – 2014Deputy Editor of the journal Islamic Africa, Northwestern University Press
2010Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll, Northwestern University Evanston (IL; distinction for teaching)
2008 – 2011Member of the Steering Committee of the Islamic Mysticism Group, American Academy of Religion
2007 – 2008

Faculty Fellow, Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University Evanston, IL

Since 2005

Editor of the series Islam in Africa, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden (with Knut S. Vikør)

Seesemann


Islamic Studies with a special focus on Africa


Regional:

  • Sudan
  • Mauritania
  • Kenya

Research Topics:

  • Islamic education
  • Sufism
  • Islam and politics
Seesemann


Islamic Studies with a special focus on Africa


Selected publications

2016

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Changes in Islamic knowledge practices in twentieth-century Kenya
Islamic Education in Africa : writing boards and blackboards
Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, 2016. - page 212-233

Spies, Eva; Seesemann, Rüdiger
Pluralicity and Relationality : New Directions in African Studies
in Africa Today volume 63 (2016) issue 2. - page 132-139
doi:10.2979/africatoday.63.2.19 ...

2015

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Embodied knowledge and "The Walking Qur’an" : Lessons for the study of Islam and Africa
in Journal of Africana Religions volume 3 (2015) issue 2. - page 201-209
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/579178/pdf

Sufism and literary production in the nineteenth century
publ: Chih, Rachida; Mayeur-Jaouen, Catherine; Seesemann, Rüdiger
Würzburg : Ergon, 2015. - 579 page . - (Mitteilungen zur Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte der islamischen Welt; 37)

2011

Seesemann, Rüdiger
The divine flood : Ibrahim Niasse and the roots of a twentieth-century Sufi revival
Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2011. - XVI, 331 page

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Lesson Plan: "Islam in East Africa"
in Oxford Islamic Studies Online (2011)
http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/lessonplan_5.h ...

2010

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Alfā Hāshim
The Encyclopaedia of Islam. 3. edition. Band [10] = 2010,1
Leiden : Brill, 2010. - page 77-79

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Sufism in West Africa
in Religion Compass volume 4 (2010) issue 10. - page 606-614
doi:10.1111/j.1749-8171.2010.00241.x ...

2009

Seesemann, Rüdiger; Soares, Benjamin F.
"Being as Good Muslims as Frenchmen": on Islam and Colonial Modernity in West Africa
in Journal of Religion in Africa volume 39 (2009) issue 1. - page 91-120
doi:10.1163/157006609X409067 ...

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Islam in sub-Saharan Africa
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. Band 3. Interest - Metalwork
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009. - page 87-98

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Musulmans kényans, les suites du 11 septembre et la "guerre contre le terrorisme"
Islam, état et société en Afrique
Paris : Éd. Karthala, 2009. - page 243-273 . - (L'Afrique Politique)

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Three Ibrāhīms: Literary Production and the Remaking of the Tijāniyya Sufi Order in Twentieth-C ...
in Die Welt des Islams volume 49 (2009) issue 3-4. - page 299-333
doi:10.1163/004325309X12458504137789 ...

2007

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Between tradition and reform : the Hadrami model of Islamic learning in 20th-century Kenya
Bildungsformen und Bildungsträger zwischen Tradition und Moderne
Halle : Orientwiss. Zentrum der Martin-Luther-Univ. Halle-Wittenberg, 2007. - page 37-60 . - (Orientwissenschaftliche Hefte; 22)

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Kenyan Muslims, the aftermath of 9/11 and the "war on terror"
Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. - page 157-176

Seesemann, Rüdiger
"Thinking in terms of black and white is dangerous" : Interview with Rüdiger Seesemann
in Development and Cooperation = Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit volume 48 (2007) issue 10. - page 372-375

2006

Seesemann, Rüdiger
African Islam or Islam in Africa? : Evidence from Kenya
The global worlds of the Swahili : interfaces of Islam, identity and space in 19th and 20th-century East Africa
Münster : LIT, 2006. - page 229-250 . - (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 26)

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Between Sufism and Islamism : the Tijâniyya and Islamist rule in the Sudan
in Princeton Papers volume 15 (2006) . - page 23-57

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Competing approaches to Islamic education in Kenya
Proceedings of the International Symposium on Islamic Civilisation in Eastern Africa : Kampala, Uganda 15-17 December 2003
Istanbul : IRCICA, 2006. - page 171-179 . - (Sources and Studies on the History of Islamic Civilisation Series; 13)

The Global Worlds of the Swahili : Interfaces of Islam, Identity and Space in 19th and 20th-Cen ...
publ: Seesemann, Rüdiger; Loimeier, Roman
Münster : LIT, 2006 . - (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 26)

Seesemann, Rüdiger; Loimeier, Roman
Introduction : interfaces of Islam, identity and space in 19th and 20th-century East Africa
The global worlds of the Swahili : interfaces of Islam, identity and space in 19th and 20th-century East-Africa
Münster : LIT, 2006. - page 1-14 . - (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 26)

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Sub-Saharan Africa
Anti-Americanism in the Islamic world
London : Hurst, 2006. - page 197-208

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Ziyāra: Funktionen und Bedeutungen in der Tiǧānīya (Westafrika)
in Der Islam volume 83 (2006) issue 1. - page 157-169
doi:10.1515/ISLAM.2006.006 ...

2005

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Islamism and the paradox of secularization : the case of Islamist ideas on women in the Sudan
in Sociologus volume 55 (2005) issue 1. - page 89-118

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Kenia - Muslime im politischen Wandel
in Informationsprojekt Naher und Mittlerer Osten volume 41 (2005) . - page 9-12

Seesemann, Rüdiger
The quotidian dimension of Islamic reformism in Wadai (Chad)
L’ Islam politique au sud du Sahara : identités, discours et enjeux
Paris : Éd. Karthala, 2005. - page 327-346 . - (Hommes et Sociétés)

2004

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Nach der "Flut" : Ibrāhīm Niasse (1900 - 1975), Sufik und Gesellschaft in Westafrika
Bayreuth, 2004
(habilitation, 2005, )

Seesemann, Rüdiger
The shurafâ’ and the "blacksmith" : the role of the Idaw 'Alî of Mauritania in the career of th ...
The transmission of learning in Islamic Africa
Leiden : Brill, 2004. - page 72-98 . - (Islam in Africa; 2)

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Verfall des Sufismus?
Geschichte und Erinnerung im Islam
Göttingen : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2004. - page 171-194 . - (Formen der Erinnerung; 15)
doi:10.13109/9783666355745.171 ...

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Vom Gesang der Wale, oder: Warum man einen Marabout alimentiert
Blick nach vorn : Festgabe für Gerd Spittler zum 65. Geburtstag
Köln : Köppe, 2004. - page 186-199

2003

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Antiamerikanismus in Afrika südlich der Sahara
Antiamerikanismus in Nordafrika, Nah- und Mittelost : Formen, Dimensionen und Folgen für Europa und Deutschland
Hamburg : Deutsches Orient-Institut, 2003. - page 279-294 . - (Mitteilungen des Deutschen Orient-Instituts im Verbund der Stiftung Deutsches Übersee-Institut; 68)

Seesemann, Rüdiger; Hunwick, John; Kane, Ousmane
Senegambia. I. The Niassene tradition
Arabic literature of Africa. Band 4. The writings of Western Sudanic Africa
Leiden : Brill, 2003. - page 272-307 . - (Handbuch der Orientalistik : Abteilung 1, Der Nahe und Mittlere Osten; 13,4)

2002

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Ein Dialog der Taubstummen : französische vs. britische Wahrnehmungen des Islam im spätkolonial ...
in Africa Spectrum volume 37 (2002) issue 2. - page 109-139
http://www.jstor.org/stable/40174928?Search=yes&re ...

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Murîdiyya
Religions of the World : a Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices. Band 3. K-R
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-Clio, 2002. - page 901-902

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Sufi leaders and social welfare : two examples from the Sudan
Social welfare in Muslim societies in Africa
Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2002. - page 98-117

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Ziyâra (West and Central Africa)
Encyclopaedia of Islam. New edition. Band 11. W-Z
Leiden : Brill, 2002

2000

Seesemann, Rüdiger
The history of the Tijâniyya and the issue of tarbiya in Darfur (Sudan)
La Tijâniyya : une confrérie musulmane à la conquête de l’Afrique
Paris : Éd. Karthala, 2000. - page 393-437 . - (Hommes et Sociétés)

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Der lange Arm des Ibrâhîm Sâlih : Erfahrungen eines deutschen Forschers mit dem Netzwerk eines ...
Die islamische Welt als Netzwerk
Würzburg : Ergon-Verl., 2000. - page 135-161 . - (Mitteilungen zur Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte der islamischen Welt; 9)

Seesemann, Rüdiger
The writings of the Sudanese Tijānī shaykh Ibrāhīm Sīdī (1949-1999), with notes on the writings ...
in Sudanic Africa volume 11 (2000) . - page 107-124
http://www.jstor.org/stable/25653342?seq=1#page_sc ...

1999

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Internationalisierung des "afrikanischen Islam"? : Das Beispiel von Ibrâhîm Sâlih
Afrika und die Globalisierung
Münster : LIT, 1999. - page 325-336 . - (Schriften der Vereinigung von Afrikanisten in Deutschland; 18)

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Der Sudan und die islamistische Verfassung
in Informationsprojekt Naher und Mittlerer Osten volume 17 (1999) . - page 42-45

Seesemann, Rüdiger
The takfīr debate. Part II : The Sudanese arena
in Sudanic Africa volume 10 (1999) . - page 65-110
http://www.jstor.org/stable/25653327?seq=1#page_sc ...

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Where East meets West : the development of Qur'anic education in Darfur
in Islam et Sociétés au Sud du Sahara volume 13 (1999) . - page 41-61

1998

Seesemann, Rüdiger
The takfīr debate : Sources for the study of a contemporary dispute among African Sufis. Part I ...
in Sudanic Africa volume 9 (1998) . - page 39-70
http://www.jstor.org/stable/25653311?seq=1#page_sc ...

1997

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Die jihâd-Ideologie im islamistischen Sudan
Forschungen im Sudan : Ergebnisse der interdisziplinären Sudantagung im Februar 1996 in Erfurt
Erfurt : Institut für Geographie, 1997. - page 203-208 . - (Erfurter geographische Studien; 5)

1996

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Islam, Arbeit und Arbeitsethik : die zâwiya der Tijâniyya in el-Fasher (Sudan)
Arbeit in Afrika
Hamburg : LIT, 1996. - page 141-160 . - (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 12)

1995

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Ba‘d malâmih al-ta‘lîm al-dînî wa-l-khalâwî fî Dârfûr (Some aspects of religious education and ...
in Dirāsāt ifrīqīyah volume 13 (1995) . - page 93-116

1993

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Ahmadu Bamba und die Entstehung der Murîdîya : Analyse religiöser und historischer Hintergründe ...
Berlin : Schwarz, 1993 . - (Islamkundliche Untersuchungen; 166)

Seesemann, Rüdiger
Zwischen Verklärung und Erbfeindschaft : das westliche Islambild als abendländisches Konstrukt ...
in Umbrüche volume 7 (1993) . - page 10-18

Seesemann


Islamic Studies with a special focus on Africa


Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann

University of Bayreuth

95440 Bayreuth

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E-mail: rüdiger.seesemann@uni-bayreuth.de
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