John Hunwick (PhD University of London, 1974) holds a joint appointment in the Department of Religion and teaches and researches the social and intellectual history of Islamic Africa. He is the author of ShariCa in Songhay, Arabic Literature of Africa II: The Writings of Central Sudanic Africa, and Timbuktu and the Songhay Empire. He has edited Religion and National Integration in Africa, and is a founder-editor of Sudanic Africa: a Journal of Historical Sources. He is former director of the Fontes Historiae Africanae project of the International Academic Union, and has received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright Commission. He is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.