Founded in 2000 at the PAS, the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) is the only research institute in North America specifically devoted to the study Islam in Africa. It has established Northwestern as an internationally known hub of research, publications, programming, and student training in the field of Islam in Africa.
ISITA sponsors and facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship, programming, and publications 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.
ISITA collaborates frequently with PAS on programming and events, such as the Wednesday “Lunch and Lecture” series.