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Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa

We facilitate scholarship on the Islamic tradition of learning in Africa and promote awareness of the role of Islam in African societies.

Hamza Yusuf speaks on the Mauritanian scholastic tradition

Hamza Yusuf Hanson, prominent Muslim scholar and President of Zaytuna College, visited Northwestern in January 2020 to give a talk and tour the Herskovits Library's collection of Arabic manuscripts from West Africa.
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Meet our Visiting Scholars

ISITA is hosting two visiting scholars in 2020 who are studying Islamic intellectual history in northern Nigeria.

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Conference Expands Ideas on Islam in Global Africa

ISITA teamed up with Harvard Divinity School to organize an international conference, “Africa, Globalization, and the Muslim Worlds,” in September 2019.

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