Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa

ISITA sponsors and facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship on the Islamic tradition of learning in Africa and promotes a broader awareness of the role of Islam in African societies, past and present. ISITA encourages intellectual exchange, especially with Africa-based scholars, and produces new knowledge on Islamic thought in Africa.


Emir of Kano to Give ISITA Conference Keynote

Sanusi portrait
His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, Nigeria, will be the keynote speaker at ISITA's April 23-24 "Islam in Global Africa" conference. Learn more.

ISITA Welcomes New Director

"Northwestern pioneered the field of African Studies in the United States, and in a sense, ISITA could not have been created elsewhere," said Director Zekeria Ahmed Salem, political science. Read more.