Africa's Fight Against Islamic Extremism

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Mombasa, Kenya

Islam has been peacefully practiced in sub-Saharan Africa for centuries in places like Senegal and Sudan. But in the past few decades, extreme versions of the religion have been penetrating into the continent, often filling the void of weak governmental authorities.

In this episode of America Abroad, explore the historical role of Islam in Africa, how Islamist groups have taken hold in parts of it, and what's being done to resist them. Hear from people on the ground in Kenya, Nigeria and Sudan, and learn about the role of Middle Eastern countries in exporting more radical forms of Islam to sub-Saharan Africa through mosques and madrasas.   

Listen Friday, June 10 at 11pm on AM 820 and WNYC.org

Guests include:

  • Mohamed Salih Abubakr: Sudanese human and civil rights activist
  • Amb. Johnnie Carson: Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
  • Amb. Phillip Carter: Former United States Ambassador to Ivory Coast and Guinea
  • Jennifer Cooke: Director of Africa Program, Center for Strategic International Studies
  • Mamadou Diouf: Director, Institute for African Studies, Columbia University
  • Corinne Dufka: Associate Director, West Africa, Human Rights Watch
  • Arukaino Umukoro: Senior Correspondent, PUNCH Newspaper, Nigeria
  • Chai Vasarhelyi: Director of Touba, SXSW Special Jury Prize Winner for Best Cinematography
  • Rudolph Butch Ware: Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor