What should we make of the usefulness of the concept of “public sphere” in the study of the Muslim world? What other theories might better describe the phenomena that have captured the attention of recent scholarship? What new frameworks might direct us towards unasked questions and understudied processes? This workshop will explore these questions in the context of Muslim Africa during the last 100+ years. Presentations will address a variety of themes, including Salafism, civil society, media and new publics.