Educating Muslim Women It’s a Friday late afternoon, on a sunny but cool mid August day in Cotonou, Benin. I just completed Jaji Jean Boyd and Dr. Beverly Mack’s monumental work Educating Muslim Women and came to a realization about the growth and development of Islam among the Africans of the Americas. I realized that each generation of our people have been collectively in a state of sankofa (reaching back to move forward). Sankofa is originally a Yoruba concept which literally means: ‘return and get it’ and represents a state of becoming where the individual, family, community or nation reaches back into its historical memory in order to know itself and be itself. Sankofa is an individual and collective proactive state of becoming. This state of becoming is amazing because each generation that reaches back has access exponentially to more authentic historical data about itself (thanks to the kind of research diligently put forward by Jaji Boyd and Dr. Mack). Thus each time a generation reaches back into a more accurate collective memory it moves forward with more individual certitude and collective purpose. Read Entire Article Jaji Nana Asmau Maryum Bint Shehu 2 thoughts on “Scholarly Women” Dawuud Loka Loka says: January 5, 2017 at 7:34 am Can we have more resourceson female scholars of west africa. i can think of one. Im sure there must be more. As one French Historian recall that when he visited West africa in the 15th century he ecountered groups of women reciting the Quran in morining and evening. Reply Shaykh Muhammad Shareef says: February 4, 2017 at 8:54 am …we have extensive works by African Muslim women but they have no been posted yet on http://www.siiasi.org yet. You can find them here: https://siiasi.academia.edu/heixuanfeng Reply Questions or comments for Shaykh Muhammad Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.