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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. Read more about us.

The IAI publishes the long established and prestigious journal, Africa, the annual Africa Bibliography, the International African Library series, the African Arguments series; and the Readings in… series, for use in tertiary level teaching of African studies.


Ethnographic Survey of Africa
We are proud to be re-issuing this landmark series in association with Routledge. The series, originally published between 1950 and 1977, collected information on the peoples of Africa, using all available sources: archives, memoirs and reports as well as ethnographic research. Access the series at Routledge >>

AFRICA – new co-editors

SoaresBenjamin Soares, Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville and Professor of the Anthropology of Islam in Africa at the University of Amsterdam, joins the IAI's journal AFRICA as co-editor from January 2017. Benjamin, an anthropologist, is a scholar of Islam and Muslim societies. He is the author of Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town (Edinburgh University Press for the IAI & University of Michigan Press, 2005), co-editor of New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa with Rosalind Hackett (Indiana University Press, 2015), and co-editor of Muslim Youth and the 9/11 Generation with Adeline Masquelier (University of New Mexico Press & SAR Press, 2016).

WaleThe IAI/AFRICA are also delighted to announce that Wale Adebanwi, Associate Professor in African American and African Studies at the University of California-Davis, has joined the journal as co-editor from January 2016. He previously served on the journal's editorial board from 2012. Wale is an anthropologist and political scientist. He is the author of Yoruba Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo and Corporate Agency (Cambridge, 2014); Authority Stealing: Anti-Corruption War and Democratic Politics in Post-Military Nigeria (CAP, 2012); and editor or co-editor of five other books. His latest work, Nation as Grand Narrative: The Nigerian Press and the Politics of Meaning was published by the University of Rochester Press in May 2016. Email .

JansonAmaury Talbot prize
Marloes Janson's monograph Islam, Youth and Modernity in the Gambia: The Tablighi Jama’at, published in the International African Library series, has been announced as the co-winner of the 2014 round of this prize, recently awarded by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

BoltMaxim Bolt wins BSA/BBC ethnography award
We are delighted that Maxim Bolt's book Zimbabwe's Migrants and South Africa's Border Farms: the roots of impermanence has won the 2016 British Sociological Association/BBC Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award. See

Africa Bibliography – complete archive available
Compiling bibliographical records since 1984, the IAI’s Africa Bibliography has been digitised. Records from 1984 to the current volume are available via the online database at

Africa journal – full archive available
For over eight decades Africa has been publishing the work of eminent Africanists: from Malinowski, Evans-Pritchard and Radcliffe-Brown through Mary Douglas, Robin Horton and Johannes Fabian, to Achille Mbembe, Birgit Meyer and Kojo Amanor. The entire archive from 1928 is now available digitally on the journal's website see