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Tuesdays (Sept 21 - Oct 19), 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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About this Class

Many African francophone novels have depicted relationships between Islam, Christianity and African cultural heritage. Aventure ambiguë (1961), a novel written by Cheikh Amidou Kane, investigates the role religion, especially Islam, and the presence of French culture have played in shaping African identity.

In this course, we will try to respond to questions such as: what is it that defines an identity? How do we understand a cultural identity that combines multiple religions with "alien features”? What role can traditions, heritage play in a modern, evolving society, and in a globalized context? What does it mean to be “African traditionalist,” “Francophone,” or “African Muslim” today in an Africa engaged in a radical and massive refiguring of gender equality and  human rights?  In addition to the reading of Aventure ambiguë, we will screen some movies related to the question of multiple identities.

  In this course, you will :

  • Begin a discourse conversation on issues related to multiple identities
  • Gain an appreciation of other cultures/religions and be able to draw comparisons and contrasts with one’s own culture/religion
  • Explore religion’s impact in reshaping African moral standards
  • Engage students in a critical thinking of other cultures

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About Jean-Pierre Karegeye

Jean-Pierre holds a PhD in French from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Social Ethics from Santa Clara University. The primary focus of his teaching and research includes French Language, French & Francophone literature in dialogue with other disciplines and studies such as Philosophy and Theology. His work on genocide, religious violence, and child soldiering focuses on testimony and explores both fictional and non-fictional narratives.