Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann


Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies
University of Bayreuth

95440 Bayreuth

+49 (0) 921 55-3553 and +49 (0) 921 55-5432 (phone)


Research Interests

Sufism, Islam and Modernity, Islam and Politics, Islamism, Islamic Education, Islamic Knowledge, Religion in Africa 

Geographical Area

Sudan, East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania), West Africa (Mauritania, Senegal) 

Former Supervisions (non-exhaustive)

Former Junior Fellow

Research Project

Ayong, Ahmed

Traditional Islamic Scholarly Culture in Northern Cameroon, 1900 to the Present

Issaka-Toure, Fulera

Islamic Construction of Gender in Accra: The Role of Islamic Religious Authorities in Mediating Marital Conflicts

Hanif, Mohammad

Debating Sufism: The Tijāniyya and its Opponents

Academic Vita

Since 2011

Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Bayreuth


Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University Evanston, IL (received tenure and offered promotion to Associate Professor in March 2011)


Habilitation in Bayreuth


PhD in Mainz


Studies in Marburg and Mainz

Memberships and functions in academic organisations


American Academy of Religion


Steering Committee of the Islamic Mysticism Group, American Academy of Religion


Co-General Editor of the book series "Islam in Africa", Brill Academic Publishers


Deputy Editor of the electronic journal "Islamic Africa", Northwestern University Press 


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