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Africa has influenced scholarship throughout the Islamic World for better than a millennium and remains as significant today. The spread of communications technology has reshaped Islamic scholarship still further. New representations of Islamic scholarship have formed across Africa through teaching websites, mp3s, and social media apps. The emergence of these new spaces, both physical and virtual, holds the potential for recasting notions of class, authority, canon, and orthodoxy common to the study of Islamic scholarship in Africa today. This conference aims to rethink how such an evolution occurred. It will be the first of two meetings, both intended to bring together specialists from Western academia and the Islamic World.