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.

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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 to Host Dialogue on Educating Muslim Youth

On November 26, ISITA will host authors Shenila Khoja-Moolji and Hannah Hoechner for a dialogue about their recent books on educating Muslim youth in South Asia and Nigeria. Read more here.