This bibliography focuses on Islam, but for ancient North Africa includes Christianity. It also omits bibliographical references to Arabic writings The historical sources have been treated in the text of this book, while the Arabic literature of West Africa is the subject of a separate work. Another separate work treats of Christianity in West Africa. References to African Traditional Religion are given only when relevant to Islam. European penetration of West Africa is treated only in so far as it touches Islam; most of the literature pertaining to the coast and non-Muslim areas is omitted.
The sections on individual countries, such as “Nigeria” cover particularly the period since independence. Other material on these areas is to be found under the appropriate period.
Most abbreviations should be clear to readers familiar with literature on African and Islamic topics; just note that
After an author the sign “&” indicates co-authors not named.
- JAS = Journal of African History,
- JHSN = Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria,
- BIFAN = Bulletin de l’Institut Fondamenal d’Afrique Noire (Dakar).
The researcher will observe that the focus of this bibliography, like the book it accompanies, is Nigeria.