WWU's Christopher Wise Publishes New Book on African Philosophy

Western Washington University Professor of English Christopher Wise published his new book, “Sorcery, Totem, and Johad in African Philosophy,” in March through Bloomsbury Publishing.  

“I wrote this book because of my concern for what happened in Mali, a country in Africa, in the aftermath of the Wahhabi jihad (war fought by Muslims) in Timbuktu, Gao and other places in the region of Mali that briefly led to the establishment of the state of the northern Mali territory, Azawad,” Wise said.

His book also stems from many years of research and living in African countries, specifically Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso.

“My research has been centered in the Sahel for many years, especially Timbuktu and the historical sites linked to the the Umarian Tijaniyya, the Tukulóor Fulani Sufi brotherhood,” Wise said. “I try to travel to the Sahel at least a month or so every year.”

For more information on his book, contact Christopher Wise at (360) 650-3237 or christopher.wise@wwu.edu.

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