Douglas Thomas

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Associate Professor




Mailing Address

28 Monroe Ave
Apt 2
Brockport, NY 14420

Phone/Fax Number(s)

3183940595 cell
5853955823 office

Countries of Specialization

Senegal ; Gambia


Ph. D. in History from Georgia State University
M.A. in History from Louisiana Tech University
B. A. in History from University of Central Arkansas

Research Interests

Religious History of Africa, Islam in Africa, Sufism, Islamic concepts of the divine in Africa

Teaching Interests

Religion in Africa, Islam in West Africa, West African History, Senegambia, Precolonial Africa


African Religions: Belief and Practice in History, co-editor New York: ABC-CLIO, 2017

Sufism, Mahdism, and Nationalism: Limamou Laye and the Layennes of Senegal. London: Continuum Publishing, 2012.

Islamization in West Africa before 1804. Paul U. Omeje and Uche Uwaezuoke Okonkwo (eds.) New Perspectives on West African History: Festchrift in Honour of Prof. S. C. Ukpabi, Enugu: Madonna University Press, 2013.

Book Review Evangelical Faith Movment in Ethiopia: Origins and Establishment of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. By Fekadu Gurmessa, trans. Ezekiel Gebissa. International Journal of Ethiopian Studies Los Angeles: Tsehei Publishers, 2010.

Book Review Spirit, Structure, and Flesh: Gendered Experiences in African Instituted Churches among the Yoruba of Nigeria by Deidre Helen Crumbley. Notes and Records, An International Journal of African and African Diaspora Studies. University of Kentucky, 2010.

“Seydina Limamou Laye,” “Seydina Issa Rohou Laye,” “El Hajj Malik Sy,” all found in the Dictionary of African Biography Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Renegotiating Islam: Limamou Laye and the Layennes of Senegal” presented at the Conference on Religion and Religious Identities in Africa and the African Diaspora, October 11, 2008. Published in the Conference’s volume 2009, University of West Michigan.

“Church of God in Christ” entry in Encyclopedia of African-American History Oxford University Press, 2009
“Cheikh Ibra Fall,” “Charles Harrison Mason,” “Seydina Limamou Laye” all found in ABC-CLIO’s Encyclopedia of Holy People, 2004
“Globalization” LASH Magazine Winter 2004
“Love African Style” LASH Magazine Spring 2003


Limamou Laye; Layennes; Senegal