Liazzat Bonate, Ph.D.





Degree/Qualification: MA (SOAS, Northwestern), PhD (UCT)


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HIST 1302: African Civilization from Earliest Times to AD 1000

HIST 1302: African Civilization from AD 1000 to AD 1800

HIST 2301: History of Africa

HIST 2302: History of Africa 1900 to the Present


Dr. Bonate is a lecturer in African History at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago (since September, 2016). Previously she taught at Seoul National University in South Korea (2011-2015), and at the Centre for African Studies and the Department of History at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique (1993-2016, on and off). In 2009-2010 she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Religious Studies and the Centre for Contemporary Islam of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where she researched contemporary Muslim publics and international Islamic NGOs in Mozambique. She has a PhD in Historical Studies from the University of Cape Town (2007), MA in African History from Northwestern University, USA (2002) and MA in Islamic Societies and Cultures from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London, UK (1998). She obtained her BA and first MA in World History from the al-Farabi University in Kazakhstan (USSR, 1990).





Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

-“Islam and Matriliny along the Indian Ocean Rim: Revisiting the Old ‘Paradox’ by Comparing the Minangkabau, Kerala and the Coastal Northern Mozambique”. Forthcoming Journal of Southeast Asian Studies;

“Islam and Literacy in Northern Mozambique: Historical Records on the Secular Uses of the Arabic Script. Islamic Africa, Vol. 7, 2016, pp. 60-80;

“The Advent and Schisms of Sufi Orders in Mozambique, 1896-1964,” Islam and

Muslim-Christian Relations, Vol., 26, No.4, 2015, pp. 483-501

“Muslim Memories of the Liberation War in Cabo Delgado.” Kronos: Southern African Histories, Vol. 39, November 2013, pp. 230-256;

“Qur’anic Schools at the Mozambique Island: Continuities and Ruptures.” 한국아프리카학회지, Journal of the Korean Association of African Studies, Seoul, Vol. 39, August 2013, pp. 25-48;

“Documents in Arabic Script and the Resistance to the Portuguese Wars of ‘Effective Occupation’ in Northern Mozambique.” 아프리카 硏究, Journal of the Institute of African Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Vol. 33, No 2, 2013, pp. 205-225;

“Islam and the Yao”, 2012, Oxford Islamic Studies Online,

“Islam in Northern Mozambique: A Historical Overview.” History Compass, 8/7, 2010, pp. 573-593;

“Muslims of Northern Mozambique and the Liberation Movements”. Social Dynamics, Vol. 35, No 2, September, 2009, pp. 280-294;

“L’Agence des musulmans d’Afrique. Les transformations de l’islam à Pemba au Mozambique”. Afrique Contemporaine, No. 231, 2009, pp. 63-80;

-“Muslim Religious Leadership in Post-Colonial Mozambique.” South African Historical Journal, No 60 (4), 2008, pp. 637-654;

“The Use of Arabic Script in Northern Mozambique.” Tydskrif vir letterkunde, No 45 (1), 2008, pp. 133 – 142;

“A Teoria do “Encerramento do Ijtihad” no Direito Islâmico.” Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, No 80, Março, 2008, pp. 195-211;

“O Islão Negro: As Abordagens Coloniais do Islão no Norte de Moçambique.” Religare, No 3, Março, 2008, pp. 73-81;

“Islam and Chiefship in Northern Mozambique.” ISIM Review, No 19, 2007, pp. 56-57;

“Roots of Diversity in Mozambican Islam.” Lusotopie, Mai, XIV (1), 2007, pp. 129-149;

“Islamismo in Mozambico. Gli scritti di Shaykh Aminuddin Mohammad.” Afriche e Orienti, No 3-4, 2007, pp. 89-100;

“Islamic Education in Mozambique.” Annual Review of Islam in South Africa, No 9, 2007, pp. 53-57;

“Matriliny, Islam and Gender in Northern Mozambique.” Journal of Religion in Africa, No 36, Vol. 2, 2006, pp. 139-166;

“Dispute over Islamic Funeral Rites in Mozambique: A Demolidora dos Prazeres by Shaykh Aminuddin Mohamad.” Le Fait Missionnaire, No 17, 2005, pp. 41-61;

“The Ascendance of Angoche: Politics of Kinship and Territory in the Nineteenth Century Northern Mozambique.” Lusotopie, 2003, No 1, pp. 115-143.

Book Chapters:

“Divergent Patterns of Islamic Education in Northern Mozambique: Qur’anic Schools of Angoche.” In Robert Launay, ed., Islamic Education in Africa: Writing Boards and Blackboards. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2016, Chapter 5, pp. 95-118;

“El debate sobre el “cierre del iytihad” y su crítica”. In Santos, B. S. y Meneses, M. P, eds., Epistemologías del Sur (Perspectivas), Madrid: Akal, 2014, pp. 245-260;

-“Muslims and the Liberation Struggle in Northern Mozambique”. In H. Sapire and C. Saunders, eds., The Struggle for Southern Africa: New Local and Global Perspectives. UCT Press, 2013, pp. 58-75;

“Governance of Islam in Colonial Mozambique.” In V. Bader, A. Moors and M. Maussen, eds., Colonial and Post-Colonial Governance of Islam. Amsterdam University Press, 2011, pp. 29-48;

“O debate sobre o ““Encerramento do Ijtihad” e sua critica.” In Santos, B. S. and Meneses, P. M., eds., Epistemologias do Sul, Coimbra: CES, Almedina, 2009, pp. 243-258;

“From Shirazi into Monhé: Angoche and the Mainland in the Context of the Nineteenth Century Slave Trade in Northern Mozambique.” In B. Zimba, E. A. Alpers, and A. Isaacman eds., Slave Routes and Oral Tradition in Southeastern Africa. Maputo: UNESCO/Eduardo Mondlane University, 2005, pp. 195-219;

“Women’s Land Rights in Mozambique: Cultural, Legal and Social Contexts.” In: M. Wanyeki, ed., Women and Land in Africa: Culture, Religion, and Realizing Women’s Rights. London/New York, Cape Town: Zed Publishers, 2003, pp. 96-133.

Conference Proceedings:

“The Arabic Script and the Portuguese Official Correspondence in Mozambique before the Twentieth Century,” V. Pawliková-Vilhanová and S. Moumouni, eds, Voices of Africa´s Pasts (Proceedings of the International Conference on Sources for African History in African Languages written in Arabic (Ajami), African and Latin Scripts in Eastern and Southern Africa, held in Maputo, Mozambique, 16-18 April, 2012). Bratislava, Slovak Academic Press for the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and l´Union Académique Internationale, Brussels, 2014, pp. 43-59;

“Islamic Education and State Policies of Education in Mozambique”. In M. Haron and S. Dangor, eds, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Islamic Civilization in Southern Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, [1-3 September 2006]. Istanbul: IRCICA, 2009, 273-302.

Other Publications:

“Between Da’wa and Development: Three Transnational Islamic Nongovernmental Organizations in Mozambique, 1980–2010”. Newsletter of the Africa Research Initiative, Second Edition –March 2015, Centre for Strategic Intelligence Research, National Intelligence University, Washington DC, pp. 7-11;

“Sixty Letters in Arabic Script from the Mozambique Historical Archives”, 2012, Tombouctou Manuscripts Project,;

“Documents in Arabic Script in Mozambique Historical Archives.” Islamic Africa, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2010, pp. 5-9

“Islam und Stammesführerschaft.” Mozambik – Rundbrief, No 75, Mai, 2008, pp. 34-36

with Casimiro, I. M. C., Gaidzanwa, R. et al, Base Study Regarding the Impact of Mozambique Family Law: Main Conclusions. Centre of African Studies –Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique, Oxfam America., 21 pages.

Documentation Study of the Responses of Faith-Based Organizations to Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Mozambique. Maputo: UNICEF/World Council for Religion and Peace (WCRP), 2003, 54 pages.