Launched in 2021, the Islam Burkina Faso Collection is an open access digital database, which contains over 2,600 archival documents, newspaper articles, Islamic publications of various forms, and photographs on Islam and Muslims in Burkina Faso. The site also indexes over 215 bibliographical references of books, book chapters, journal articles, dissertations and theses on the topic. In addition to the metadata attribution, optical character recognition (OCR) has also been applied to each document. In this way, it is 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. This project is one of the first digital humanities initiatives to be published under a new University of Florida Libraries program, LibraryPress@UF. This program, an imprint of the Libraries and the University of Florida Press, seeks to develop public scholarship across formats that extend and complement the work of traditional academic publishing.
In the next phase of the project, I will seek authorization from other Burkinabè newspapers to add new documents to the collection. In particular, a collaboration with the Centre National des Archives (CNA) in Ouagadougou would make possible, among other things, to include the hundreds of documents from the collection "7V485 Correspondance des communautés musulmanes au Chef de l'État. Textes réglementaires. 1956-1995". In the medium to long term, the Islam Burkina Faso Collection will be part of a larger collaborative digital database on Islam in West Africa, which will include material that I have already digitized as part of my research on Côte d'Ivoire, Benin, and Togo.