Cheikh Babou

Africa, Islam
Associate Professor of History
College Hall 306G
Office Hours: 
W 12-2; F 11-12
Teaching Schedule: 
MW 11-12; F 2-5; W 4:30-7:10
cheikh@sas.upenn.edu
215 898.2188

Cheikh Anta Babou is a historian of Islam and the modern West African Muslim diaspora. He joined the history department of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2002.  Educated at University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar and Michigan State University, Dr Babou is the author of Fighting the Greater Jihad: Amadu Bamba and the Founding the Muridiyya of Senegal, 1853-2013 (Ohio U Press, 2007), a French translation of the book was released by Karthala under the title, Le Jihad de l’Ame in 2011. Dr. Babou is the author of numerous articles that appeared in African Affairs, Journal of African HistoryInternational Journal of African Historical Studies, Journal of Religion in AfricaAfrica Today and other scholarly journals in the United States and in France. He has contributed chapters to five edited volumes on Sufi Islam, migration, Islamic Education, Senegalese politics and the African diaspora.  Babou has presented papers in international scholarly meetings on Islam and the transnational migration of West African Muslims across North America and Europe.  He was an editor of the Journal of African History circa 2011-2016.

Dr. Babou’s current research, Making Muslim Place in the West is a multi-sited project that explores strategies of place making among West African Muslim immigrants in Paris, New York City, and selected cities in West Africa.

Babou offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to ancient African history, colonial rule, decolonization, Islam, religion and politics, migration and the new African diaspora..

CV (file): 
Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 075 Africa before 1800
  • HIST 206 Decolonization & Africa
  • HIST 206 Religion and Colonial Rule in Africa
  • HIST 232 Immigrants and Refugees in African History
  • HIST 275 Islam and Society in America
  • HIST 650 Religious Encounters in Africa
  • HIST 560 African Immigrant Lives in West Philadelphia