History of the Project

Despite the recent surge in popularity for the digital humanities, very few projects to date have sought to seriously mobilize the potential for digital tools to develop research on Islam in sub-Saharan Africa. Although African archives in the postcolonial era are usually scattered, disorderly and partial, it is quite possible to build a rich corpus of written sources despite the numerous difficulties.

Frédérick Madore have developed techniques for collecting, organizing and exploiting a broad array of written material that scholars in Islamic studies of Africa have often considered too scarce to be meaningfully employed. In the course of his doctoral research, he digitized and organized more than 7,000 newspaper articles on Islam in Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire, along with material from some 1,000 varied Islamic publications, to create an original database containing more than 12,000 items. Optical character recognition (OCR) was applied on every scanned document for full text indexing along with an extensive use of tags.

In a second phase of the project, we will seek external funding to build a wider collaborative database on Islam in West Africa by including material from Côte d’Ivoire.

Principal Investigator

Frédérick Madore is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Florida and author of La construction d’une sphère publique musulmane en Afrique de l’Ouest (Presses de l’Université Laval/Éditions Hermann, 2016).

See his publications about Islam in Burkina Faso.

Conditions and Permissions

How to Cite

Citations vary according to the style users adopt (MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style, etc.). To cite the website according to the Chicago Manual of Style, for example, we recommend the following:

"Islam Burkina Faso," 2019. https://islam.domains.uflib.ufl.edu/s/bf. Accessed December 15, 2019.

To cite a specific document within the website using the same citation style, users may do so in the following manner:

Ouattara, Ousmane Piè, "Projet ZACA: une marche aux allures islamiques." Islam Burkina Faso, 2019, https://islam.domains.uflib.ufl.edu/s/bf/item/2008. Accessed December 15, 2019.


Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

This project was supported by the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program of Canada.

George A. Smathers Libraries - University of Florida

The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida and serve every college and center in the university, including the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the Health Science Center. UF’s libraries consist of seven libraries; six of which comprise the George A. Smathers Libraries. The Smathers Libraries actively collaborate with the Legal Information Center, which is a part of the Levin College of Law.

Le Pays Newspaper

Founded in October 1991, this independent daily newspaper quickly became one of the most popular title in Burkina Faso.


L'Observateur Paalga Newspaper

Founded in 1973 under the name of L'Observateur, this independent daily newspaper ceased to appear in June 1984. It was relaunched in 1991 under the name of L'Observateur Paalga. It is now one of the most widely read newspaper in Burkina Faso.


Sidwaya Newspaper

Sidwaya is a national daily newspaper founded in 1984. A former state newspaper, it is now one of the major newspaper in Burkina Faso.


Sahel Research Group - University of Florida

The Sahel Research Group at the University of Florida is a collaborative effort to understand the political, social, economic and cultural dynamics of the countries of the West African Sahel. Our focus is primarily on the six Francophone countries of the region—Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad. We are also interested in developments in neighboring countries, to the north and south, whose dynamics frequently intersect with those of the Sahel. The Sahel Research Group brings together faculty and graduate students from various disciplines at the University of Florida, in collaboration with colleagues from the region.

Special Thanks

This website would not have been possible without the help and support of several people. We would like to thank especially the following individuals: