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Benjamin Soares - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Benjamin Soares Benjamin Soares

Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Benjamin Soares research is on Islam and Muslim societies in Africa with a focus on religious life from the 20th century to the present.

Biography

Benjamin Soares is a scholar of Islam and Muslim societies in Africa whose research focuses particularly on religious life from the early 20th century to the present. He has conducted research in Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan, as well as among West African Muslims in Europe and Asia. In recent work, he has looked at the connections between changing modalities of religious expression, different modes of belonging, and emergent social imaginaries in colonial and postcolonial West Africa. In addition to ongoing interests in religious encounters and religion, media, and the public sphere, he is studying contemporary Muslim public intellectuals in Africa.

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Writing and Editing

Religious Institutions

Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise (6)

West Africa

Christian-Muslim Relations

Religion & Politics

Islam and Muslim Studies

Religion & Media

Africa

Articles (1)

Religiosity and its others: lived Islam in West Africa and South India

Social Anthropology

Filippo Osella and Benjamin Soares

2020-08-07

Drawing on research about settings in South India and West Africa characterised by significant religious diversity, we reflect on the ways in which everyday religiosity among contemporary Muslims is constituted through difference and contestation. Our cases are from two ostensibly secular states – India and Nigeria – both former British colonies where secularism has been interrogated over the past few decades.

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Saharan Connections I Team I Benjamin Soares I by Capsahara Islam in Nigeria: A Conversation in Preparation for the Visit of the Sultan of Sokoto Saharan Connections | Team | Benjamin Soares

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Languages (1)

  • English

Affiliations (3)

  • Africa : Co-editor
  • International African Institute : Co-editor
  • International African Library : Co-editor