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ISITA has catalyzed and supported a variety of research projects since its founding. Read about some of ISITA's past research projects in History.

Current initiatives focus on African Arabic Script Manuscripts and the Arts of Islam in Africa.

African Arabic Script Manuscripts

Africa's manuscript culture is shared by nearly half of the continent’s population who adhere to Islam and for whom the Arabic script – used to write Arabic and African languages – connects them to a centuries’ old but still vibrant Islamic intellectual tradition. Read more about our manuscript initiatives.

The Arts of Islam in Africa

ISITA has launched a new, multidisciplinary initiative that will examine and increase awareness of Africa’s Islamic arts. Read more about AIA.

ISITA's Community of Visiting Scholars

Since 2001, ISITA has hosted more than 40 visiting scholars and fellows from 19 countries for periods ranging from several weeks to one year. Meet our current visiting scholars, learn about the application process, or browse a list of past scholars.

Support for Research

If you a Northwestern University faculty member or graduate student interested in applying for funding for research on Islam in Africa, you may apply for funding through the John Hunwick Research Fund. Visit the John Hunwick Research Fund page to find out specifics about how to apply and what funding will cover.