The CCI regularly engages in cooperative research projects with faculty at the University of Cape Town, and international researchers and research institutes. A number of such projects have been completed.
In November 2014, the CCI, The Centre for African Studies (UCT), and the The Tombouctou Manuscripts Project (Huma, UCT) will embark on a project to to investigate the structural connection between Muslim religious authority and practices of knowledge transmission in Africa. Through the lenses of social and intellectual history, the project will look at the activities of Chadian Muslim religious leaders as those of intellectuals who operate within a religiously sanctioned universe of ideas for the transmission and the on-going reconfiguration of a cumulative corpus of doctrines and practices. See the News Archives and the Report for more information.
In September 2013, the CCI, the Tombouctou Manuscripts project (HUMA), the Centre for the study of Manuscript Cutures (University of Hamburg), and the French Institute of South Africa collaborated to host an international conference on Muslim manuscript cultures in sub-Saharan Africa. We are currently in the process of publishing the findings. See the News Archives for more information.