• Djenne

    Grand Mosque of Djenné, Mali

    Photo by Musa Chowdhury

  • Ghana

    Mosque in Larabanga, Ghana

    Photo by Sathyan Velumani

  • Khartoum

    Grand Mosque of Khartoum, Sudan

  • Mauri

    Law Students at Break in Mauritania

    Photo by Matthew Steele

  • Milihfas Sudan

    Dhikr in Um Durman, Sudan

    Photo by Matthew Steele

Welcome to Harvard’s Islamicate Africa Seminar (IAS)
The Islamicate Africa Seminar (IAS) was launched in 2016 as part of a ongoing initiative to raise the visibility of Islam in Africa at Harvard.  It follows the introduction of an Islam in Africa field by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, an annual Islam in Africa lecture series by Harvard’s Center for African Studies, and the February 2017 conference, “Texts, Knowledge, Practice: The Meaning of Scholarship in Muslim Africa.”  
The Seminar seeks to break down disciplinary barriers traditionally dividing Islamic and African studies.  It aims to create a truly interdisciplinary forum for scholars and researchers working on any aspect or period of Islamicate Africa. The workshop is the first of its kind at Harvard. Modeled after Northwestern’s Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa, the forum will look both within and without, focusing on bringing together Harvard’s rich community of faculty and students working on Islam and Africa while also attracting interested academics from elsewhere to present their research in the field. We appreciate your interest in the seminar and hope to see you at our workshops.
Matthew Steele
Chair of Islamicate Africa Seminar (IAS)
PhD Student in Islamic Studies
Harvard University