Virtually no studies exist on Berber culture and society in English; studies of the Berber language in English are even rarer. This comes as no surprise when one considers that France either colonized (Algeria), invaded (Egypt), or made a protectorate (Morocco) of every country with a Berber-speaking population, making French the principal language of Berber studies. In the course of their conquests, however, French officials made a point of documenting the 'manners and customs' of their subjects. In the nineteenth century in particular, Berber life became the source of great debate and mythology both within the community of Europeans who went to North Africa and those who lived in the metropole.
The Journal incorporates Sudanic Africa, retaining its focus on historical sources, bibliographies, and methodologies. Islamic Africa promotes interaction between scholars of Islam and Africa across all continents and across historical periods.
The Journal welcomes papers from the humanities and the social sciences on any aspect of Islam and Muslim life pertaining to Africa, or originating from the African continent.