Centers, Institutes

for the Study of Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa

Institut des Belles Lettres Arabes

Acronym: IBLA

History: Created in 1926 by the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers)

Location: Tunis, Tunisia


Institute for Inter-Religious Dialogue and Islamic Studies


History: Launched in 2019 by the Missionaries of Africa, Tangaza University College and Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Entwicklungshlife e.V (AGEH-CPS).

Location: Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya


The Sanneh Institute

Acronym: TSI

History: July 2019 under the leadership of Prof. John Azumah, Founding Executive Director

Location: University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana


Dar Comboni Institute for Arabic Studies



Location: Cairo, Egypt


Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies

Acronym: IDEO

History: the Dominican friars, Georges Anawati, Jacques Jomier and Serge de Beaurecueil, founded on March 7, 1953 the Dominican Institute of Oriental Studies (IDEO); today, a well-known research institute mainly dedicated to the sources of Arab and Islamic civilization.

Location: Cairo, Egypt


Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa


History: Founded in 1959, it is a Pan African Christian organisation dedicated to Christian and Muslim constructive relations to attend to various issues of mutual concern to the two communities and the wider society. It is a membership organisation of Churches and National Councils of Churches.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya


Institut de Formation Islamo-Chrétienne

Acronym: IFIC

History: set up in 2007, by the Society of the Missionários of Africa

Location: Bamako, Mali


Institut œucuménique de théologie Al Mowafaqa


History: The Al Mowafaqa Ecumenical Theological Institute was created in 2012 on the initiative of the Catholic and Protestant Churches in Morocco, to meet their training needs. It is a place for training, reflection and promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue. It includes a university pole (theology and sciences of religions) and a cultural pole intended to promote the meeting of cultures. It also has a specialized library.

Location: Rabat, Morocco


Bumuntu Peace Institute

Acronym: BPI

History: The Bumuntu Peace Institute (BPI) was established in the summer of 2010 by Dialogue Institute (DI) Founder and President, Leonard Swidler, DI Board member Harry Halloran and Professor Mutombo Nkulu-N’Sengha as an African extension and functioning under the auspices of the DI

Location: Kamina, D R Congo


Centre for Deep Dialogue and Critical Thinking



Location: University of Uyo


Institutes outside Africa

Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa

Acronym: ISITA

History: founded in 2000, by John O. Hunwick (1936-2015), professor of history and religion at Northwestern, and Rex Sèan O’Fahey (1943-2019) of the University of Bergen. ISITA is the first research center in North America specifically devoted to the study of Islam in Africa.

Location: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (USA)


International African Institute

Acronym: IAI

History: The International African Institute (IAI), aims to promote the scholarly study of Africa’s history, societies and cultures. The institute realizes its aims primarily by means of scholarly publishing.

Location: hosted at SOAS, University of London,


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