Launched in 2021 by Frédérick Madore, the Islam Burkina Faso Collection is an open access digital database containing over 2,900 archival documents, newspaper articles, Islamic publications of various forms, and photographs on Islam and Muslims in Burkina Faso since the 1960s. The site also indexes over 230 bibliographical references of books, book chapters, book reviews, journal articles, dissertations, theses, and reports on the topic.
In addition to the metadata attribution, optical character recognition (OCR) has also been applied to each document in order to index the full text. It is thus possible to make a simple search by keywords, or an advanced search by crossing several criteria among the thousands of documents contained in the database. An index listing nearly 1000 events, locations, organizations, people, and topics is also available.
The online archiving of research data, which can be consulted without financial barriers, is an interesting alternative for both West African and foreign researchers to overcome the difficulties often encountered in libraries and archives in the region. Above all, this project aims to democratize access to documents of various kinds on Islam in Burkina Faso, pave the way for new research on this topic, and above all serve as a model for other similar initiatives.
La base de données est aussi disponible en français.