After completion of his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Université de Nouakchott, Mauritania and Université de Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal respectively, Dr. Khaled Esseissah achieved a second master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, while on a fellowship from the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. He then studied at Indiana University-Bloomington where he attained a doctorate degree in African History. While studying for his PhD, Esseissah explored African American and African Diaspora Studies, as well as Global Studies of Slavery.
His current book project on the social transformations associated with the abolition of slavery in Mauritania and the recent history of the Harāṭīn community and its diaspora reflects his broad interests in the social, intellectual, and religious initiatives of African Muslims. Dr. Esseissah’s work also examines the intellectual connections of the Islamic diaspora, involving African Muslims and the wider Islamic world. His second major project examines the contributions made by African scholars to scholarship in the wider Islamic world, and reverses the common trope of Africa as the passive recipient of Islamic learning from the Middle East.