Shobana Shankar

Assistant Professor (B.A., Wesleyan 1995; Ph.D., UCLA, 2003)    

Posts by Shobana Shankar

Long before Boko Haram…

As Boko Haram continues its deadly campaign, Prof. Shobana Shankar explores parallels between Boko Haram and other marginalized groups in the history of the northern part of Nigeria.

Curriculum Vitae
SBS S-319
Research Interests
Early and modern West Africa, particularly Hausa-speaking Central Sudan (Northern Nigeria, Niger); Christian evangelism and medical work, Muslim-Christian interactions, conversion, gender, and reformism; religious politics and nationalism; history of international health and development; Indian missionaries in West Africa
Scholarly Works
Who Shall Enter Paradise? Christian Origins in Muslim Northern Nigeria, c.1890-1975 (Ohio University Press, New African Histories series, edited by Jean Allman and Allen Isaacman, October 2014)

Religions on the Move: New Dynamics of Religious Expansion in a Globalizing World (coedited with Afe Adogame), in International Studies in Religion and Society Series, edited by Peter Beyer and Lori Beaman (Leiden: Brill, 2012)

Select Recent Articles, Essays, Reviews

“Parchman Women Write the Blues? What Became of Black Women’s Prison Music in Mississippi in the 1930s,” American Music 31, no. 2, Special Issue “Women’s Prison Music,” edited by Benjamin Harbert (2013): 183-202.

“Civil Society and Religion in Africa,” in Handbook of Civil Society in Africa, edited by Ebenezer Obadare (Springer, 2014), 25-41.

“Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria,” Oxford Islamic Studies Online Regional Update, edited by Benjamin Soares and Reudiger Seesemann, general editor John Esposito (2013).

David Chidester, Empire of Religion, review for Journal of African History (in progress)

Albert Wuaku, Hindu Gods in West Africa: Ghanaian Devotees of Shiva and Krishna (Leiden: Brill, 2013), review for Journal of Religion in Africa (forthcoming).

Heather Sharkey, ed., Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missions in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013), review essay for Pastoral Psychology (in progress).