The African Online Digital Library (AODL) is a portal to multimedia
collections about Africa. MATRIX, working in cooperation with the African
Studies Center at Michigan State University, is partnering with
universities and cultural heritage organizations in Africa to build this
resource. Plans are underway to add digital tools in order to enable
scholars to work with and add to these materials. Individuals and
organizations interested in contributing to the African Online Digital
Library are invited to contact us.
Ajami in the Senegambia
Over 20 handwritten ajami manuscripts produced by West African scholars. The texts (Arabic scripts of African languages) contain insightful discussions on mutual understanding between people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds in Senegambia
Qadiri Community of Buh Kunta
Interviews, photos, documents and newspaper articles focusing on the Buh Kunta branch of the Qadiriya sufi order. Short essays in English and French outline the history and contemporary dynamics of this religious community.
Saint-Louis: Religious Pluralism in the Heart of Senegal
Handwritten texts, images and audio interviews dealing with the interactions of Saint Louis's French Catholic communities, Muslim majority, the French administration, and Freemasons in the late 19th and 20th centuries
West African Online Digital Library
Galleries of photographs, audio interviews, and documents contributed by scholars, with research about best practices for international, multilingual digital repositories
African e-Journals Project
Full-text articles of back issues of 11 humanities and social science journals published in Africa plus a database of journals published in and about Africa
A curriculum divided into Units, Modules, and Learning Activities for middle school and high school. Each Unit covers a major topic or theme in the study of Africa
Discourses of Muslim Scholars in Colonial Ghana
13 poems of al-ḥājj 'Umar ibn Abī Bakri of Kete-Krachi, the leading Muslim scholar of his era. It includes annotated English translations of Arabic and Hausa documents written during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It reveals one Muslim's views about the era and offers assessments and advice that are relevant to Muslims in Ghana today. Al-ḥājj 'Umar's poems, written for recitation, are very sophisticated examples of classical Arabic literature.
Failed Islamic States in Senegambia
In the 18th and 19th centuries, several determined reformers sought to extend the breadth and depth of Islamic practice in Senegambia and neighboring areas by using the 'jihad of the sword.' In each case their military efforts failed in the medium and long term, and sometimes more quickly, and did little to extend the faith. Their failure led Senegambian Muslims to think more of Sufi forms and practices of the faith, in which the political domain was much less important than the religious, social and economic realms, and to accept various forms of accommodation with the new political authorities, in this case the administrators of French West Africa.
Pluralism and Adaptation in the Islamic Practice of Senegal and Ghana
Four multimedia galleries that demonstrate how innovative Africans have been in the history of Islam and Islamic practice and how they continue to live and experience Islam. Through maps, images, multi-lingual audio, video, and textual materials, these galleries shed light on ways diverse Muslim communities in West Africa cooperate with one another and with followers of other faith and indigenous traditions.
South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy
A multimedia online curriculum resource that includes 45 video interviews with first-hand accounts of this important political movement
Public Face of Islam in Kumasi
Video footage, interviews, and slideshows of public events and street life in Kumasi's Muslim neighborhoods feature annual festivals, family celebrations, schools, and work life. Materials in this gallery show a wide variety of acceptable dress styles and occupations for men, women, and children.
African Activist Archive
Multimedia historical materials and interviews with activists in the U.S. movement in solidarity with struggles of African peoples against apartheid, colonialism, and injustice
American Black Journal: Africa and African-Americans
Shows from this decades long program on Detroit Public Television that focus on Africa and commentary by African-Americans
South African Film and Video Project
Project to preserve and make accessible moving images from the years of struggle against apartheid in collaboration with African partners
African Media Program
A searchable database of films and videos about Africa. Some records contain reviews and synopses
Banjul Muslims and the Islamic Court
11 court cases created by the Bathurst (Banjul) Muslim court between 1927 and 1954.
Collaboration, Modernity and Colonial Rule: Sidiyya Baba and Mauritania
20 images, 6 documents, 4 maps, and 9 essays tell the story of Sidiyya Baba in French Mauritania at the turn of the 20th century
Islam and Modernity: Alternatives in Contemporary Senegambia & Ghana
5 galleries showing West Africans as resourceful, original and "modern" practitioners of Islam. Materials are important examples for teachers and students of world history, emphasizing Senegambia, a Muslim majority area set in the Sahel, and Ghana, a Muslim minority country set in the forest region
African Oral Narratives
7 collections of oral and life histories, folklore, and songs from Ethiopia, Ghana and South Africa. These audio and video resources capture the voices and experiences of ordinary men and women. In more than a half a dozen African languages, these materials can be used for conducting historical research and to learn about many African cultures and languages.
Slave Biographies: The Atlantic Database Network is an open access data repository of information on the identities of enslaved people in the Atlantic World. It includes the names, ethnicities, skills, occupations, and illnesses of individual slaves.
Diversity and Tolerance in the Islam of West Africa
Archival and research materials that explore Islamic practices in the West African countries of Senegal and Ghana. Presented in six galleries of audio and video interviews, transcripts, photographs, maps, documents, and multimedia presentations, these resources shed much-needed light on how Muslims in West Africa accept religious difference and create productive interactions among Christians, Muslims, and practitioners of other faiths.
Community Video Education Trust
More than 90 hours of video documenting political activities during the 1980s and 1990s in South Africa, mostly in Cape Town
Everyday Islam in Kumasi
A growing collection of video interviews with Muslim men and women who live and work in Kumasi, Ghana
Africa Past & Present
Podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora. Highlights interesting and significant people, ideas, and discussions in African Studies