Ahmed Khalid Ayong
Project Research Collaborator
Ahmed Khalid Ayong is a Junior Fellow at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies of the University of Bayreuth. His PhD focuses on northern Cameroonian ulama trained in Yola, the ancient capital of Adamawa in present-day Nigeria and one of the most important regional centres for the Islamic religious sciences. Since the 1960s, the traditional way of acquiring Islamic knowledge in the region has been steadily challenged by scholars trained in emergent institutions in the Middle East. Ahmed’s dissertation analyses the traditional Islamic scholarly culture of Adamawa and northern Cameroon; and explores how Yola-trained ulama, once the sole, undisputed authorities in religious matters and with a preeminent position in society, have managed to maintain their religious authority in the face of an upsurge of Middle-Eastern trained scholars.
Ahmed is currently working on two articles for CSIA. The first examines the Saudi Arabian clerical establishment, the nature of the ‘Jāmī/Surūrī’ dispute and its impact on the Islamic University in Medina. A second article will consider the socio-intellectual and religious influence of Medina returnees in northern Cameroon and compare it with southern Cameroon.