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.

The calligraphy on this page is an original image designed for ISITA by Mauritanian calligrapher Mohameden Ahmed Salem in 2018. It says "Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa, ISITA" in Arabic, written in the Suqi script.

Emir of Kano Visits Northwestern

Sanusi portrait
His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, Nigeria, visited Northwestern on April 23, 2018, in conjunction with ISITA's "Islam in Global Africa" conference. Read 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.