Scott Reese (PhD in African and
Islamic History, University of Pennsylvania, 1996; MA in African Studies, Ohio
University, 1990) is a historian of Islam in Africa and the western Indian
Ocean. Reese focuses specifically on comparative history aimed at breaking down
many of the regional and geographic categories currently in use across the
academy. His main research interests are comparative Sufism, modern Muslim
discourses of reform, and the construction of world systems both in fact and
imagination since 1500. He currently explores the role of Muslim religious
discourse in mediating the social consequences of empire. Focusing on the
British Settlement of Aden, located in present-day Yemen, this new project
explores how Muslims from across Britain’s empire use the commonality of their
faith to fashion a new community within the spaces created by imperial rule.
Reese has published numerous scholarly articles as well as two book length
collections. He is currently the Senior Editor of the journal Islamic Africa.
“Shaykh Abdullahi al-Qutbi and the pious believer's
dilemma: local moral guidance in an age of global Islamic reform”, Journal
of Eastern African Studies, 2015.
“Islam in Africa/Africans and
islam”, Journal of African History, 55, 1, 2014.
"Salafi Transformations: Aden and the changing
voices of religious reform in the inter-war Indian Ocean", International
Journal of Middle East Studies, 44,
“The Best of Guides: Poetry and
Reformist Discourse in the Majmu’at al-Qasa’id”, The
Journal of African Cultural Studies, 14, 1, 2001, 49-68.
“Urban Woes and Pious Remedies:
Sufism in the Nineteenth Century Benaadir (Somalia)” Africa
Today, 43(3-4), 1999, 169–194.
“Tales which persist on the
Tongue: Arabic literacy and the definition of communal boundaries in Sharif
Aydrus’ Bughayt al-Amal. Sudanic Africa, 9, 1998, 1–17.
"A Leading Muslim of Aden: Personal
Trajectories, Imperial Networks and the Construction of Community in Colonial
Aden." In Global Islam in the Age of Steam and Print, 1850-1930.
Berkley: University of California Press, 2014.
“The Death of Shaykh Uways,” a
critical translation”. In Tales of the Friends of God. Berkley: University of
California Press, 2009.
“Respectable Citizens” of
Shaykh Uthman: Religious Discourse, Translocality and the Construction of Local
Contexts in Colonial Aden,” In Struggling with History: Islam and
Cosmopolitanism in the Western Indian Ocean. New York City: Columbia
University Press, 2008.
“The Adventures of Abū Ḥārith:
Muslim Travel Writing and Navigating Modernity in Colonial East Africa”. In The
Transmission of Learning in Islamic Africa (pp. 244–256). Leiden: E.J.
“The Arabic Writings of Somalia”. In The
Islamic Writings of Eastern Africa Arabic Literature in Africa v.III (Vol.
R.S. O'Fahey). Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2003.
Renewers of the Age: Holy Men and Social Discourse
in Colonial Benaadir. Leiden, The Netherlands: E.J. Brill, 2008.
The Transmission of Learning in Islamic Africa. Leiden,
The Netherlands: E.J. Brill, 2004.
(In Progress) Imperial
Muslims: Islam, Community and Authority in the Imperial Indian Ocean, 1839-1937. Forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press.
100 World History I
230 & 231 Islamic World I & II
460 Topics in World
History: Islamic Cosmopolitanism
498C Senior Seminar:
Britain’s Indian Ocean Empire