Homepage of the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa at the Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. You will find a lot of information about the research at the institute, about events, publications (among others the journal Islamic Africa and the"Arabic Literature of Africa (ALA)" series), fulltexts of working papers and the like. Furthermore, "ISITA has collaborated with the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern to make available an online catalog of an important collection of Arabic-script materials from West Africa housed at Northwestern." [editors ilissAfrica] ... [according to site editor’s information]
African Ajami Library is a collaborative initiative between Boston University and the West African Research Center (WARC) in part funded by the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme. The AAL Project is led by Dr. Fallou Ngom. AAL is envisioned as a digital “Alexander Library” of Islamized Africa, a continental open access public repository of aggregated Ajami materials. Includes the "Wolofal Manuscripts, Senegal, funded by the British Library Endangered Archives Programme, copied manuscripts from 15 collections. The manuscripts primarily consist of Wolofal (Wolof Ajami) materials written by the members of the Muridiyya Sufi order founded in Senegal in 1883 by Ahmadou Bamba (ca 1853-1927) and include satirical, polemical, and protest poetry, as well as biographies, eulogies, genealogies, talismanic resources, therapeutic medical manuals, historical records, instructions on codes of conduct, a translation (with commentaries) of the Qur'an in Wolof Ajami script, and two volumes of the internal biography of Ahmadou Bamba written in Wolof Ajami, among others. ... [according to site editor's information]
The website of the Senegalese NGO Aid Transparency offers a lot of interesting information on the conservation and digitisation of ancient manuscipts from Africa. Among others, you will find information on conferences including programmes and abstracts, several small videos which show the work of the archivists etc., a country specific search for news about African manuscripts, writing systems and much more. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Islamic Manuscripts from Mali features 32 manuscripts from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujbeha, both in Timbuktu, Mali. The texts and documents included in Islamic Manuscripts from Mali are the products of a tradition of book production reaching back almost 1,000 years. The manuscripts presented online are displayed in their entirety and are an exemplary grouping that showcase the wide variety of subjects covered by the written traditions of Timbuktu, Mali, and West Africa.
The manuscripts are written in various styles of the Arabic script. These styles were developed in Timbuktu and the surrounding regions of Mali and West Africa.
There are special presentations of maps, photographs, and other information about the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library. These presentations provide a fuller picture of the culture and society which produced and preserved these valuable artifacts of human endeavor.
Digital images of the manuscripts were donated by Abdel Kader Haidara, owner and director of the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library. The Library of Congress will include additional manuscripts in the future as new digital images are received. ... [according to site editor's information]
This site is part of the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project. You will find a lot of information concerning the project, information and photos of the different ancient libraries of Timbuktu and about Timbuktu as a town in general, links to related sites, a bibliography, films and videos. [editors ilissAfrica]
AMMS is a bi-lingual database that was developed at the University of Illinois in the late 1980s to describe a collection of Arabic and Ajami manuscripts in southern Mauritania (Boutilimit). It subsequently has been used to catalogue seven other West African collections including the manuscript libraries at the Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Scientifique, Northwestern University, and the Centre Ahmad Baba in Timbuktu. Currently (during 2008-09) print catalogues from West Africa published by al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation are being added to it.
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Early Nigerian Qur'anic Manuscripts (ENiQMa) is an interdisciplinary project which explores a unique resource on Kanuri, an important West African language, and investigates the history of Islamic/Qur'anic studies in the Kanem-Borno Empire, which originated in the 9th century A.D. to the northeast of Lake Chad. The main study areas covered by ENiQMa include linguistic analysis of the archaic Kanembu data and examination of the Islamic manuscripts written in this same language (Kanembu/Kanuri-Ajami). ... [according to site editor's information]