The Fatima Al-Fihri Award in Islamic Studies
Warm Congratulations to the Recipient of the Fatima Al-Fihri Award in Islamic Studies in 2021
Research project: The ‘Emergence’ of the Verse Tradition in Mauritania: Intellectual History and the Culture of Islamic Scholarship in the “Land of Million Poets.”
My research—which focuses on Mauritania’s scholarly and literary traditions within Islam, Arabic poetry, intellectual religious thought, and examination of scholarly libraries and archives—brings to the fore Saharan perspectives on knowledge production and transmission.
Warm Congratulations to the Recipient of the Fatima Al-Fihri Award in Islamic Studies in 2020
Research project: As part of his doctoral dissertation about solar installations in the desert town of Quarzazate, Morocco, Anas Fassih critically examines what Islam and modern African-Muslim thinkers tell us about the challenge of climate change and human responsibility on earth. If the global discourse of Anthropocene presents humans as masters of nature, what insights does Islam offer to humans to live in co-existence with nature?
Warm Congratulations to the Recipient of the Fatima Al-Fihri Award in Islamic Studies in 2019
Ph.D. Student, History and Classics
Title of Dissertation: Versification of the World: The Case for Mauritania, Land of Million Poets
The project is an historical investigation into the West African tradition of Arabic poetry with a specific focus on Mauritania, known as balad milyūn shāʿir (land of million poets). It examines the emergence of this uniquely robust and influential poetic tradition, which seems to have emerged in the 18th century and marked a paradigm shift in literary and intellectual production – from prose genres to the poetic ones that have characterized Islamic scholarship and the shaping of religious/socio-political attitudes in the region over the past three centuries. The study focuses on the influence and legacy of three 18th century Mauritanian scholars: Sīdī ‘Abd Allāh b. Muḥammad b. ʿAbd Allāh al- ʿAlawī (1644 – d. 1731), known as Ibn Rāzikah, Muḥammad b. Mukhtār b. Muḥammad al-Yadālī al-Daymānī (1680 – d. 1750) and Bū Famayn al-Majlisī (d. unknown) who are regarded as pioneers of this tradition.