The Kāshif al-Ilbās was the magnum opus of one of twentieth-century West Africa's most influential Muslim leaders, Shaykh al-Islam Ibrāhīm 'Abd-Allāh Niasse (1900-1975). No Sufi master can be reduced to a single text, and the mass following of Shaykh Ibrahim, described as possibly the largest single Muslim movement in modern West Africa, most certainly found its primary inspiration in the personal example and spiritual zeal of the Shaykh rather than in written words.
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.