Beverly B. Mack

Beverly Mack
  • Professor Emerita
  • African & African-American Studies

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Beverly Mack is a Professor Emerita of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies. She regularly taught the following courses:  Women and Islam, Muslim Women's Autobiography, African Women Writers, and  Islamic (Sufi) Literature.  Prior to joining KU, Professor Mack taught at Yale University (Hausa language and African Literature), Georgetown University (African History), and George Mason University (African Literature).


Research interests:

  • Muslim Women's Scholarship
  • Women in West African History
  • Sufi Studies


Teaching interests:

  • Islam
  • Women's roles in Islam
  • Islamic Literature
  • African Literature

Selected Publications

Equals in Learning and Piety:  Muslim Women Scholars in Nigeria and North America. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2023.

Educating Muslim Women: The West African Legacy of Nana Asma’u. (with Jean Boyd) Oxford: Interface Press, 2013.

Educating Muslim Women: The West African Legacy of Nana Asma’u. Mack, Beverly B., and Jean Boyd. Interface/Kube  Press, 2013.

Muslim Women Sing: Hausa Popular Song (original performances available here: ). Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2004.

One Woman’s Jihad: Nana Asma’u, Scholar and Scribe (with Jean Boyd). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000, 198 pp.

The Collected Works of Nana Asma’u, Daughter of Usman ‘dan Fodiyo 1793-1864 (with Jean Boyd). East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Press, 1997. (Awarded the African Studies Association Text and Translation Book Award).

Hausa Women in the Twentieth Century (Co-editor with Catherine Coles). Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991, 297pp.