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

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
The Qadiri Community of Buh Kunta

The 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

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

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

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
Exploring Africa

Exploring 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

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

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

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

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
African Activist Archive

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

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