Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa


As a research institute, ISITA provides a framework where interpretive work on African Arabic script manuscripts—their contents, contexts, and meanings—can take place. ISITA’s manuscript initiatives have focused primarily on making African manuscripts better known (through mapping and documentation projects) and more accessible for study (through cataloging and translation projects).

ISITA has also provided training to American scholars and librarians who use African manuscripts in their research, and support to African curators who work with African manuscripts on a daily basis. 

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