Studying the Society of Jesus’ largely unexplored involvement in the evangelisation
of Africa

Jesuit Historical Institute

Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA) is an institute geared to preserving memory and promoting historical knowledge. It was started in 2010 as an idea of the Superior General of the Jesuits, the late Fr. Adolfo Nicolás.

Our Vision

To provide a cost-effective environment for ground-breaking research on the religious histories, cultures and traditions of the people of Africa and Madagascar.

Our Mission

To document the evolution of Christianity on the continent, especially the role played in it by the Society of Jesus, other missionary societies and African agents of evangelization.

To collect and preserve records on the religious traditions and cultures of Africa, including Islam.

To make the collected information available to researchers from all academic disciplines.

JHIA Projects

On this section, you will be able to access the JHIA Catalog, which provides a complete list of the already processed material in the main library and in the Special Collections.

The JHIA’s Africa Thesis Bank accepts old and new masters and doctoral dissertations from anywhere in the world insofar as they touch on the histories, cultures and religions of Africa.

The Journal is an important tool to deepen the knowledge of Jesuit history and the history of Christianity in Africa.

Following the model of Engelbert Mveng, S.J., first Cameroonian Jesuit and historian, JHIA believes that historical research starts in the classroom and ends in the classroom.

Find out more about the Jesuit Spirituality by exploring the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, homilies, and publications.

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