ISITA is the first research center in North America specifically devoted to the study of Islam in Africa. Its founders, John O. Hunwick
A history of distinguished faculty, combined with the Herskovits Library of African Studies’ unique collection of Arabic manuscripts from West Africa has established Northwestern as the undisputed hub for research and graduate training in the field of Islam in Africa. Read more about
Since October 2017, ISITA is directed by Zekeria Ahmed Salem. Learn about the director and the rest of the faculty and staff that enrich ISITA.
Learn about ISITA’s programming, or browse publications resulting from ISITA’s conferences, research and fellowships. Funding is available to Northwestern University faculty and graduate students through the John Hunwick Research Fund.
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