Monika Brodnicka is an Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. She specializes in the study of African traditional religions and Islam in West Africa and has strong interests in African Literature and Philosophy. Her research and publications focus on African spirituality and Sufi thought and practice, in Francophone West Africa. She has recently published “Living Tradition in the Sacred Wor(l)d: Engaging Mystical Consciousness in Africa” and “Initiation into Kaïdara’s World: Engaging Esoteric Knowledge in Fulani Tradition.” Her current book project entitled Living Tradition: Mystical Perception of Identity, Community, and Environment in West African Religions, addresses the role of the metaphysical dimension in the Fulani, Serer, and Dagara religious practices. Dr. Brodnicka has studied and researched in several West African countries. She received a D.E.A. (Postmaster’s degree) from Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar in African Philosophy and Islam and she was awarded two Fulbright scholarships to study African tradition and religion in Senegal, Mali, and Burkina Faso.