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 calligraphic image on our homepage was designed by Mauritanian calligrapher Mohameden Ahmed Salem. Read more about this image here.

Are you a Northwestern student who is interested in working with ISITA? ISITA is hiring a part-time graduate assistant and an undergraduate work-study student for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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.

Call for Applications: Book Workshop

ISITA invites applications for its Early Career Scholars of Islam in Africa Book Development Workshop, to be held in spring 2019. Read more here.