Islam and Africa
Professor Emeritus of Political Science Harvey Glickman’s analysis of the political climate in Tanzania is being featured on the website of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. The essay, titled “The Threat of Islamism in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Tanzania,” describes the country as a place “providing a degree of comparative calm in East Africa, a region facing increasing spillover possibilities from Somali pirates, Islamist propaganda, and systemic instability sweeping over North Africa and the Middle East. “ Glickman, a senior fellow at the Institute, which provides scholarly analysis to U.S. policy makers, suggests that the United States would be wise “to cultivate official Tanzanian friendship and “bank” good relations in the face of a regional future of uncertainty.”
Glickman, who returned to the classroom during the fall semester to teach an African Politics course, has been focusing his research on the rise of Islamism in Africa and in March he hosted a day-long symposium on the subject at Haverford. “Islamism in Africa, South of the Sahara” brought together 10 scholars to examine the influence of Islamism in such countries as Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia and Sudan. Along with Haverford Assistant Professor of Political Science Susanna Wing, an expert on Mali, the group of presenters at the symposium included scholars from Bryn Mawr, the University of Pennsylvania, Davidson College, Arcadia University, the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Army War College.