Hassana Alidou is Professor of TESOL and Cross-Cultural Studies in the Graduate School of Education at Alliant University, San Diego. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1997. She is the author of Stratégies pour le développement d'un secteur éditorial en langues nationales dans les pays du Sahel Burkina Faso, Mali Niger et Sénégal (Working Group on Books and Learning Materials, ADEA, 2000), and co-editor with Brock-Utne, B. of Optimizing Learning and Education in Africa: The Language Factor (ADEA/UIE/GTZ, 2005). Her research interests include educational sociolinguistics, womanist theories, and gender and international development studies.
Ousseina D. Alidou is Associate Professor of linguistics and African languages in the Department of Africana Studies and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She is currently the director of the program in African languages and literature. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 1997. She is the author of Engaging Modernity: Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005), co-editor of Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa (Africa World Press, 2006), and co-author of A Thousand Flowers: Social Struggles against Structural Adjustment in African Universities (Africa World Press, 2000). She has journal publications on Afro-Islamic women's contributions to oral and written literatures in (Francophone) Africa. Her research interest focuses on issues of discourse, gender and society and literacy practices in Afro-Islamic societies.
Conerly C. Casey is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the American University of Kuwait. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published several articles on Muslim Hausa youths in Nigeria, the politics of identity and citizenship, media and mediated emotion, and violence. She co-edited with Robert B. Edgerton a volume entitled Companion to Psychological Anthropology: Modernity and Psychocultural Change (Blackwell Publishers).
Muriel Gomez-Perez is Assistant Professor of African and Islamic History at Université Laval, in Quebec City, Canada. She received her Ph.D. in History from Université de Paris 7-Denis Diderot in 1997. She edited a volume entitled L'islam politique au sud du Sahara: Identités, discours et enjeux (Karthala, 2005). She is the author of scholarly articles on colonial and postcolonial Islam in West Africa and especially in Senegal. Her research interests include relationships between state and Islam, Islamic education and Islamic discourses in West Africa (Senegal, Guinea and Burkina Faso). [End Page 150]
Mayke Kaag is a researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands. She received her Ph.D. in social anthropology in 2001 with a dissertation entitled Usage foncier et dynamique locale au Sénégal rural (Rozenberg Publishers, 2001). Her research interest is in processes of change and continuity in West and West Central Africa. She conducted research on transnational Islamic NGOs in Chad and is currently engaged in a research on the transnational livelihood network of the Senegalese Mouride brotherhood.
Marie Nathalie Leblanc is an anthropologist in the Département de sociologie of Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. She obtained her Ph.D. from University College London, UK 1998. Her publications include articles in journal such as Africa, African Affairs, Cahiers d'études africaines and Anthropological. She has contributed to edited volumes published in Great Britain, the United States and France. She is completing a book on Muslim youths in Côte d'Ivoire.
Adeline Masquelier is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1993. She is the author of Prayer Has Spoiled Everything: Possession, Power, and Identity in an Islamic Town of Niger (Duke University Press, 2001) and the editor of Dirt, Undress, and Difference: Critical Perspectives on the Body's Surface (Indiana University Press, 2005). She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on spirit possession, Islamic revival, state sponsored healthcare, witchcraft, and migration in Niger. She is currently completing a manuscript entitled Mixed Blessings: Islam, Gender, and Revival in a Nigerian Town.
Benjamin F. Soares is an anthropologist at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands. He received his...