Date: February 16th, Thursday
Time: 6:00pm Dinner, 6:30pm Lecture
Dr. KIM SEARCY, Associate Professor of African and Islamic history, Loyola University Chicago
Dr. Searcy’s research interests include Islamic revivalism in nineteenth-century Africa, slavery in Muslim Societies, the role of Islamic mysticism in African Islamic polities, and Islam and the African diaspora. He is the author of the book _State Formation in the Sudan 1885-1898: Symbols, Ritual and Ceremony during the Mahdiyya_,(2011 Brill Academic Publishers) and the articles, “The Mahdi’s Attitudes on Slavery, the Slave Trade and Emancipation” in _Islamic Africa_ (1,1: 2010), “The Khalifa and the Routinization of Charismatic Authority,”(The International Journal of African Historical Studies, 2010, 43;3, p.429).