Dr. Cheikh Anta Babou
Dr. 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’Âme in 2011. 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. His most recent book is The Muridiyya on the Move (2021).
Dr. Babou is the author of numerous articles that appeared in African Affairs, Journal of African History, International Journal of African Historical Studies, Journal of Religion in Africa, Africa 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. Dr. 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 from 2011 to 2016.