Mahir Saul

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate Professor, Anthropology

Mahir Şaul is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as the associate curator at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana, IL. He has conducted research on West Africa for the past 25 years on topics including Islam, historical relations to the Mediterranean basin, and anti-colonial resistance. He has also published articles on Turkey. Dr. Saul co-authored "West Africa Challenge to Empire: Culture and History in the Volta-Bani Anticolonial War" (2001 Ohio University Press). Dr. Saul’s research interests include West African historical anthropology; social organization; economic anthropology; anti-colonial movements; intrahousehold processes; rural, urban and transborder trade; ecological history; kinship; Islam; Catholic missions; and African cinema.


Areas of Expertise

West African historical anthropology; social organization; economic anthropology; anticolonial movements; intrahousehold processes; rural, urban and transborder trade; ecological history; kinship; Islam; Catholic missions; African cinema


Countries Covered

West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire), Turkey, Europe (Muslim-country immigrants)


Potential Lecture Topics

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