Ali A. Mazrui

 

Director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies

and

Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities

Binghamton University

State University of New York at Binghamton, New York, U.S.A.

 Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large

University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria 

Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus

and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A. 

Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Kenya

 

 
ALI MAZRUI
ALI A. MAZRUI was born in Mombasa, Kenya, on February 24, 1933. He is now Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is also Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large in the Humanities and Development Studies at the University of Jos in Nigeria. He is Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University. He was Ibn Khaldun Professor-at-Large, Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, Leesburg, Virginia (1997-2000). He was also Walter Rodney Professor at the University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana (1997-1998). Mazrui obtained his B.A. with Distinction from Manchester University in England, his M.A. from Columbia University in New York, and his doctorate from Oxford University in England. For ten years he was at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, where he served as head of the Department of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and from where he launched his professorial career. He once served as Vice-President of the International Political Science Association and has lectured in five continents. Professor Mazrui also served as professor of political science (1974-1991) and as Director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (1978-1981) at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has also been Visiting Scholar at Stanford, Chicago, Colgate, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Oxford, Harvard, Bridgewater, Cairo, Leeds, Nairobi, Teheran, Denver, London, Ohio State, Baghdad, McGill, Sussex, Pennsylvania, etc. Dr. Mazrui has also served as Special Advisor to the World Bank. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Muslim Council, Washington, D.C., and is chair of the Board of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, Washington, D.C. He is also on the Board of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and is a Fellow of the Institute of Governance and Social Research, Jos, Nigeria.

His more than twenty books include Towards a Pax Africana (1967), and The Political Sociology of the English Language (1975). He has also published a novel (reprinted a number of times) entitled The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971). His research interests include African politics, international political culture, political Islam, and North-South relations. Other books include Africa's International Relations (Heinemann and Westview Press, 1977, reprinted a number of times), Political Values and the Educated Class in Africa (Heinemann Educational Books and University of California Press, 1978, reprinted subsequently), and The Political Culture of Language: Swahili, Society, and the State, co-author Alamin M. Mazrui, (IGCS and James Currey, 1995). His most comprehensive books include A World Federation of Cultures: An African Perspective (published by the Free Press in New York in 1976) and Cultural Forces in World Politics (James Currey and Heinemann, 1990). Among his books on language in society is The Power of Babel: Language and Governance in Africa's Experience (co-author Alamin M. Mazrui) (James Currey and University of Chicago Press, 1998), which was launched in the House of Lords, London, at a historic ceremony saluting Mazrui's works.

Dr. Mazrui has also written for magazines and newspapers. He has been published in The Times (London), the New York Times, the Sunday Nation (Nairobi), Transition (Kampala and Cambridge, Mass., USA), Al-Ahram (Cairo), The Guardian (London) and (Lagos), The Economist (London) and the Cumhuriyet (Istanbul and Ankara), Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo and Osaka), International Herald Tribune (Paris), Elsevier (Amsterdam), Los Angeles Times Syndicate (USA) and Afrique 2000 (Brussels and Paris).

Professor Mazrui is married and has five sons (Jamal, Al'Amin, Kim Abubakar, Farid Chinedu and Harith Ekenechukwu). Dr. Mazrui is a Kenyan. One of his sons is also Kenyan and four are U.S. citizens.

Dr. Mazrui was President of the African Studies Association of the United States from November 1978 to November 1979 and Vice-President of the International Congress of African Studies (1979-1991). He is also Vice-President of the Royal African Society in London. Dr. Mazrui has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and member of the College of Fellows of the International Association of Middle Eastern Studies. In 1979 Dr. Mazrui delivered the prestigious annual Reith Lectures of the British Broadcasting Corporation (named about the founder Director-General of the BBC, Lord Reith). The lectures (entitled The African Condition) have since been repeatedly reprinted by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge has the American rights). Part of Mazrui's work has been translated into other languages. The National University of Lesotho has awarded him a Distinguished Service honor, Nkumba University in Uganda has awarded him a Doctor of Letters, and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, USA, has elected him an Icon of the Twentieth Century. Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, has extended him to the DuBois-Garvey Award for Pan-African Unity. In 1999 he gave the Eric Williams Memorial lecture sponsored by the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Mazrui has been elected President of the Crescent University Foundation whose aim is to establish a modern world-class Muslim University in the United States.

In 1998 Professor Mazrui became the Academic Associate of the Atlantic Council at Binghamton University. In the same year he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, England, and to the Board of Directors of the National Summit on Africa, Washington, D.C.. The year 1998 also marked the publication of the first comprehensive annotated bibliography of all Mazrui’s works (written and electronic) from 1962 to 1997 [The Mazruiana Collection, compiled by Abdul S. Bemath, and published by Sterling in New Delhi and Africa World Press in New Jersey]. Another book entitled The Global African: A Portrait of Ali A. Mazrui, edited by Omari H. Kokole, has also been published by Africa World Press in 1998.

Dr. Mazrui's television work includes the widely discussed 1986 series The Africans: A Triple Heritage, jointly produced by the BBC and the Public Broadcasting Service (WETA, Washington) in association with the Nigerian Television Authority. A book by the same title has been jointly published by BBC Publications and Little, Brown and Company. In 1986 the book was a best seller in Britain and was adopted or recommended by various Book Clubs in the U.S.A., including the Book of the Month Club. Dr. Mazrui has also published hundreds of articles in five continents.

 

 

  1. A MARRIAGE OF CIVILIZATIONS?:

  2. ISLAM BETWEEN CHRISTIAN ALLIES AND WESTERN ADVERSARIES:  A NEW RE-ALIGNMENT?

  3. ISLAM AND WESTERN VALUES

  4. INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN CROSSFIRE: BETWEEN THE FLAMES OF TERRORISM AND THE FORCE OF PAX AMERICANA

  5. IS ISRAEL A THREAT TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY?

  6. THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ITS RIVALS: FROM LATIN TO THE INTERNET

  7. BETWEEN TERRORISM AND WARS OF LIBERATION: FROM DEDAN KIMATHI  TO OSAMA BIN LADEN

  8. COMPARATIVE ACTS OF WAR:A PERSONAL VIEW

  9. THE ETHICS OF WAR AND THE RHETORIC OF POLITICS:“THE WEST AND THE REST”

  10. PAX ISLAMICA:MUSLIM VALUES BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE

  11. THE STATE OF ISRAEL AS A CAUSE OF INTERNATIONAL ANTI-SEMITISM

  12. WHO KILLED DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA? CLUES OF THE PAST, CONCERNS OF THE FUTURE

  13. STRANGERS IN OUR MIDST:    IN SEARCH OF SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM

  14. Towards Understanding the Causes of Terrorism                                            

  15. ISLAM AND THE UNITED STATES: STRANDS OF CONVERGENCE, STRANDS OF DIVERGENCE

  16.  ISLAM AND ACCULTURATION IN EAST AFRICA’S EXPERIENCE

  17. THE DAVID AND GOLIATH PARADIGM

  18.  AMERICAN DEMOCRACY AND COMPARATIVE ETHNIC PERFORMANCE:  MUSLIMS, BLACKS AND JEWS             

  19.  ISLAM AND ACCULTURATION IN EAST AFRICA’S EXPERIENCE

  20. ISLAM BETWEEN SECULAR MODERNISM AND CIVIL SOCIETY 

  21. LIBERATION WARS AS CLASHES OF CIVILIZATIONS:FROM NELSON MANDELA TO YASIR ARAFAT                     

  22. THE SCIENTIST AND THE SHAHADA: ISLAM, TECHNOLOGY AND CIVILIZATION                                               

  23.  THE DUAL LEGACY OF CLASSICAL TIMBUKTU   

  24.   USWAHILI INTERNATIONAL:BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL SYNTHESIS                                                 

  25. CAN AFRICA TAME GLOBALIZATION?: MORAL LESSONS FROM CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

  26. ISLAM  BETWEEN  REVIVALISM  AND  INNOVATION  INTERNAL  AND  IMPERIAL  PRESSURES                           

  27. LIBERAL  ISLAM  VERSUS  MODERATE  ISLAM ELUSIVE  MODERATION  AND  THE  SIEGE  MENTALITY               

  28. THE QUR’AN BETWEEN DOUBT AND DEVOTION ISLAMIC SCRIPTURE UNDER ATTACK        

  29. SOUTH  AFRICA   BETWEEN  GLOBAL  AFRICA  AND  UNIVERSAL NATION                                                           

  30.  UHURU BADO KIDOGO AFRICA’S  CONDITION  OF “NOT  YET  UHURU” THE  BALANCE  SHEET                         

  31. THE YOUNGER FACE OF BIGOTRY AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NEW McCARTHITES                                               

 


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