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October 2014

 

Prof Ali Mazrui received the IIIT Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011

IIIT Mourns the Passing of Prof. Ali Mazrui

It is with great sadness that IIIT mourns the passing away of our beloved brother, Professor Ali Mazrui on Sunday October 12, 2014 at his home in Binghamton, New York. After a long struggle with illness, he died peacefully surrounded by family and friends. ...


A Snapshot of Mazrui's Life
Mazruiana
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MAZRUI'S RELATIONSHIP WITH IIIT
Dr. Jamal Barzinji and Dr. Abubaker Alshingeiti present Prof. Ali Mazrui with IIIT's Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011

Professor Ali Mazrui's relationship with IIIT goes back to the mid-1980s and early 1990s. He participated in conferences, seminars and delivered lectures organized by IIIT in different parts of the world, including the US and Malaysia. When the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences (GSISS) was established, he was appointed as Board member and taught courses on Muslim world politics at the Masters level from 1997-2001.

More recently, he served as the President of the Association of Muslim Social scientists (AMSS) for two terms from 2007 - 2011 and led the organization at a critical juncture in its history. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of IIIT's signature Publication" The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) since 2009.

 

During the past seven years, Professor Mazrui was a frequent speaker at IIIT seminars, conferences and other academic programs. He spoke on issues ranging from Muslim world politics, to American Muslim identity and reform of higher education. In 2011, Professor Mazrui was awarded the IIIT Distinguished Scholar Award for his lifetime, distinguished contributions to scholarly work on Islam and Muslim world affairs and his outstanding service to the American Muslim community as an engaged public intellectual and a strong voice - with unrivalled courage - in defense of the oppressed and the pursuit of justice.

 

Professor Mazrui donated to the IIIT library his full collection of books and essays authored or edited by him or by others on his writings and thought. The collection is a treasure that is now available to researchers and students from around the world.

 

On June 14, 2000, AMSS(UK) presented Professor Mazrui with the AMSS's first and newly established Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Dr. Anas Al-Sheikh Ali presents Prof. Mazrui with AMSS(UK) Lifetime Achievment Award in 2000
MAZRUI - THE FIRST TO...

Highlights without Precedent:  

When Ali Mazrui Led the Way   

  1. Ali A. Mazrui was the first African scholar to become: 1)Full professor in any of the humanities in any university in East Africa - beginning in 1965 at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; 2) Full professor of Political Science in any university in East Africa - beginning in 1965 at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; 3) Dean of Social Sciences in any of the universities in East Africa - from 1966 to 1968 at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; 4) Vice-President, International Political Science Association (Headquarters in Paris, France, at the time) from 1968 to 1971 The first young scholar in Africa as a whole to be promoted from Lecturer to full Professor in less than two years - skipping the intermediate ranks of Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor (Reader).
     
  2. Ali A. Mazrui was the Senior Representative for Africa within the international team of researchers known as the World Order Models Project (WOMP 1970-1977).
  3. Ali A. Mazrui was the first African and the first Muslim to be invited by the British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC] to deliver the highly prestigious annual radio lectures, named the Reith Lectures, which were named after the Founder Director-General of the BBC, Lord Reith.
  4. Ali A. Mazrui was the first African to make and narrate a major international television series, shown in dozens of countries and translated into several languages.
  5. Ali Mazrui was appointed as the first African and the first Muslim Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities in the State of New York.
  6. Mazrui was the first Black person to be appointed Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
  7. Mazrui was appointed the first Walter Rodney Distinguished Professor at the University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana, South America. 
  8. Ali Mazrui was elected the first Muslim President of the African Studies Association of the United States, and one of the first Africans to lead this organization. He was President from 1979-1980.
  9. Ali Mazrui was elected the first Chairman of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, based in Washington, DC.
  10. Ali Mazrui was the first Chair for the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington, DC.
  11. Ali Mazrui was the first African Member of the Board of Trustees, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, U.K. (From 1999 to the present).  
  12. Ali Mazrui was the Founding Father of a project to identify the 100 greatest African books of the 20th century. As Founding Father of the Project he presented the Prize to Nelson Mandela in Cape Town (2003).
  13. Ali Mazrui was the first to be interviewed by the Library of Congress for New Literary Series: "Conversations with African Poets and Writers" in Washington, DC (2011).
  14. Ali Mazrui was the first Distinguished Scholar of the Global South Caucus, International Studies Association, USA (2012).
     
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    SPECIAL AWARDS AND HONORS

    1. Mazrui was appointed Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya, from 2004 to 2010. He was the first Chancellor of a Kenya University who was not Head of State, and the only Chancellor who was part of the Kenyan Diaspora abroad.  

    2. President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya awarded Mazrui the National Honor of the Order of the Burning Spear, First-Class in 2007.

    3. President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa awarded Mazrui the National Honour of Grand Companion of Oliver Tambo in a special ceremony in Pretoria in 2007.

    4. In 2010 President Mwai Kibaki announced the first list of national heroes (Mashuj'aa) of Kenya since independence in 1963. Mazrui was among them.

    5. In 2005 The Foreign Policy magazine in Washington, DC nominated Ali Mazrui among the 100 greatest public intellectuals alive. Prospect magazine in London supported the nomination.

    6. In 2007 Ali Mazrui became the first Muslim to deliver the Distinguished Commonwealth Lecture in London, U.K. His topic was "The Power of Language and the Politics of Religion." The lecture was subsequently published in the Oxford-based Journal, The Round Table Vol. 97, No. 394, 2008. Mazrui's lecture in London was chaired by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Marlborough House, London, U.K.

    7. Ali Mazrui gave the first Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Distinguished Lecture at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA, sponsored by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard. The lecture was delivered on November 1, 2011.

TESTIMONIALS

 Ali A. Mazrui, IIIT and the Muslim Experience

in the United States of America

 

Professor Ali A. Mazrui, the celebrated scholar, author, and public intellectual from Kenya came, performed, and departed gracefully. Certainly, those who knew him well gladly fared him well, knowing beyond reasonable doubt that he had the nerve and the verve to represent both Islam and Africa faithfully and effectively. It is against this background that one can examine a profile of the man and his legacies within many domains in America, the Islamic World and in the larger globe.

 

Born on February 24, 1933 in Mombasa, Kenya, Professor Mazrui came out of an Afro-Arab ancestry which affected his life at home and overseas. As it is now well known, through the intervention of a British colonial governor, who arranged a scholarship for him to study in England, Ali A.Mazrui completed his high school education at Huddersfield college before moving on to Manchester University where he completed his first degree in political science with distinction. Upon graduation, he secured a fellowship to Columbia University where he graduated with a Master degree in politics. This introduction to a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation in New York was the beginning of a lifetime association with American and other think-tanks and foundations around the world. From his association with Columbia University, Professor Mazrui was destined to develop multiple linkages with scholars, students, and administrators who are described elsewhere as members of the twelve tribes of Washington. More on these links to Mazruiana, let us complete this profile in courage and scholarship of the man from Mombassa. After his graduation from Columbia University he went to Oxford University, where he performed well and developed meaningful contacts with persons associated with foundations and think-tanks in the West.

 

After receiving his doctorate, he secured a job at Makerere University. A school that was not available to him as an undergraduate was destined later to welcome him as a graduate from Oxford and then -over time- elevated him to the rank of full professor after several years from his association with that East African center of higher learning. Again, in developing this profile of Ali A. Mazrui and his involvement with centers of higher learning, think-tanks, and Muslim organizations in the United States of America and beyond, let me add three more points before we embark on a serious discussion of his entanglements with Muslim pioneering think-tanks such as the IIIT -on the one hand- and national, state, and local Islamic bodies across the country, on the other. The first item on the agenda is Mazrui and his visions for Africa and Islam; the second deals with his ideas, aspirations, and activism between town and gown; and finally, his intimate involvement with the IIIT and its quest to make a big difference in projecting a distinctive and respectable affirmation of Muslim values and cultures around the world. This triangular metaphor is deployed ostensibly to highlight the man and his association with think-tanks, scholars, and students around the globe.

 

Thus, in writing about Professor Ali A. Mazrui and his involvement with think-tanks, we must pay closer attention to what he said or did during his lifetime on earth. Based on data available to me from his books, essays, and personal conversations over the years, one could argue here that Mazrui saw foundations and think-tanks are part and parcel of our decision as human beings to bring about changes in our lives by harnessing our intellectual and material resources in the service of humanity and the natural order. For this and other related reasons, Mazrui 's view of the world casted him as prophetic in the classical sense of speaking to power in the face of social, economic, or political challenges. What is being made here is that, like other public intellectuals, Mazrui was definitely willing to deploy words as swords of moral power in the battle of wills between those in the one percent and the ninety-nine percent. Truth be told, the man from Mombasa was willing to link with think-tanks so long as their leaders were not going to impose their wills over him. People from the Ford foundation and other intellectual outposts in the West were familiar with the man and his ideas.

 

In writing about Professor Ali A. Mazrui and the think-tanks, particularly the IIIT, several points need to be identified for clarification and understanding. First of all, how did Ali engage the founders and staff of the IIIT? To the best of my knowledge, Ali, who has been active in African and Islamic studies was acquainted with the late Ismail Faruqi. Although I cannot identify precisely the date and occasion when the two gentlemen knew each other, however, I could assert categorically here that they started communicating and exchanging messages till the demise of the Palestinian-American colleague. Truth be told, Ali and Ismail met face-face in my presence at a conference organized by the Unificationalist movement held in Miami in the same year when former President Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter. Both of them enjoyed the company of their older colleagues such as Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, then at Temple University before relocating to George Washington University. The purpose of that conference was to assemble some of the best intellects of the world who were willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the unificationist drive to facilitate a dialogue between peoples from different religious and cultural traditions. In that gathering, scholars and activists such as Ali A. Mazrui of Kenya, Francis Abdullah Botchway from Ghana, John Mbiti of Kenya, Khurshid Ahmed of Pakistan and many younger scholars like me conversed and interacted with others from other faith communities around the world. The Ismail Faruqi was then the major Muslim partner, whose colleagues at Temple had already established the Journal of Pluralism under the leadership of Dr. Leonard Swindler.

 

Thus, in examining the role and place of Ali A. Mazrui in the operations and programs of think-tanks, it would make sense to focus on how he engaged the IIIT and what specific achievements can be identified for the perplexed and the informed. Indeed, any social geographer who tries to document the man and his work must look at the journals and books of IIIT and the signatures of Ali in those documents. Through his involvement with the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Ali became first a contributor to the journal and later the editor-in-chief. As a contributor, for example, he shared the literary space with younger scholars such as Muqtedar Khan who, at the time, was finishing his doctorate with Dr. John Esposito at Georgetown University. At the time, globalization was in vogue; it was at that moment when the late Samuel Huntington pushed his notion of the Clash of Civilization. Ali and the other contributors of the time published a volume on globalization in the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences. Their exercise was a Muslim response to the orations and writings of the think-tanks. It is relevant here to bring to the reader that Ali's engagement with IIIT was a part of a greater desire to counter the charges and counter-charges of scholars or journals seriously linked to the phenomenon of Islamophobia. In retrospect, Ali Mazrui, through his own testimonies as well as the numerous internet citations on Islamophobia and their arrows angling on Ali's intellectual face, definitely came out of this trial and tribulation with the smiling face of Khalid Ibn Walid.

 

Besides his involvement with the journal and the annual meetings of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), Ali was honored for his scholarship and his deliberate efforts to link town and gown in America and beyond. For example, at one of the annual event of the AMSS, Ali was asked to deliver the annual lecture named after the late Ismail Faruqi. Like some of his predecessors within the AMSS, he is now off-stage; but Allah, who is the ultimate Movie-maker for all times, had provided Mazrui with intellect, humor, and bridge-building skills to widen the touch of IIIT in America, Africa, and beyond. It was because of his links to the IIIT that Ali had serious moments with the board members and staff of the IIIT in Nigeria, Micronesia, the Middle East, and in America. Again, because of his intimate relations with the IIIT, Ali and his second wife, Pauline Uti from Jos, Nigeria, shared many useful moments with the leadership of the IIIT. I was present on many events where Ali presented and dialogued with colleagues and guests who are not necessarily Muslims.

 

In summing up this brief memorial on Professor Ali A. Mazrui, it is significant to say the following: he was the son of a Chief Qadi from Mombasa who listened to his father's lessons and performed well in Swahili as well as in English; he was a mirror of his cultural background and tried his best to be a mirror image as referenced in the widely circulated quote from the Prophet Muhammad: "Truly, we are mirrors unto each other." This dictum was his humble bearings and in his friendly relations with those who possess the Shakespearean milk of human kindness. Alhamdulilah, we call upon Allah to grant him al-jannat and the best He reserved for the learned and cooperative among humankind.

Professor Sulayman S. Nyang
Howard University
P.O. Box 590113
Washington D.C. 20059

 

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Mazruiana and Khaldunism:

A Tribute to Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014)

 

Is the late Professor Ali A. Mazrui the Ibn Khaldun of our time, the postmodern Ibn Khaldun? Could we regain the lost paradigm of Ibn Khaldun, or Khaldunism, through Mazruiana, the scholarly works of Ali A. Mazrui? That was the subject of my first book, PARADIGM LOST, PARADIGM REGAINED: THE WORLDVIEW OF ALI A. MAZRUI (Provo, Utah: Global Humanities Press, 2002). One of the core arguments in my book was that, although more than 600 years separate Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) and Ali Mazrui (1933-2014), the two thinkers share much in common.

 

One easily discernible parallel between Mazrui and Ibn Khaldun is their enduring philosophical vigor and formidable intellectual achievement. Like Ibn Khaldun, Mazrui is a descendant of a learned and prominent family background. Mazrui lost his father at the tender age of 14. Ibn Khaldun lost both of his parents also at the early age of 17. Ibn Khaldun was an academic wanderer -from Tunis to Morocco and then to Egypt, where he arrived at the age 50 and began to lecture in Al-Azhar, the oldest Islamic institution of higher education in the world. Not only did Mazrui also wander from place to place for academic purposes, he also had to settle in Uganda, rather than Kenya where he was born, and lecture at Makerere University, the oldest institution of higher education in East Africa. He then moved to the United States on a similar mission.  

 

Both Mazrui and Ibn Khaldun were entrusted individually with the position of high honor outside their countries of birth. From Makerere to Michigan and then to Cornell and Binghamton and in between, Mazrui occupied some of the most coveted positions in the academia, becoming the first Muslim, or the first Black man, or the first African to do so. Despite the fact that he was a "foreigner," Ibn Khaldun had also been appointed by the Sultan in Egypt to serve as a judge, as one observer put it, ".... a post always aspired after by the local faqihs and ulama."

 

Mazrui also shared with Ibn Khaldun linguistic sophistication. Regarding Ibn Khaldun's works, it has been suggested, they "should be often read, not only to admire his marvelous thought and research, but also to learn from it the methods of expression of many social theories, which otherwise are difficult to express..." The same can be said about Ali A. Mazrui in spite of the fact that Ibn Khaldun wrote in Arabic and Mazrui wrote in English.

 

Mazrui and Ibn Khaldun had a long-standing interest in ecological and geographical explanation of social behavior although the latter thinker spends more time on the impact of geography and ecology on societies. Like Ibn Khaldun, some of Mazrui's ideas at times pose a challenge to the reader/listener on whether one ought to characterize him as a secular or religious thinker. Ibn Khaldun and Mazrui also share eclecticism as an intellectual approach.  

 

In 2003, I published an article titled "Ali A. Mazrui: A Postmodern Ibn Khaldun?" in the Jeddah-based Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. When I met Mazrui subsequently and elaborated on some of the ideas I articulated in the article, it was clear that he was pleased with what I had to say. Yet I thought he was less pleased with one thing: the question mark at the end of the title of the essay. I am removing it now. ALI A. MAZRUI: A POSTMODERN IBN KHALDUN.

 

In closing let me say this. Mazrui liked to associate discrete events and processes to numbers in general and number three in particular. As those of us who had taught Mazrui's classes with him know, even some of the themes of his lectures come in "triads." Mazrui's flagship concept is, of course, the Triple Heritage. And here is a list of three (to me, important) events of 2013-all still fresh in my memory. In 2013, we celebrated his 80th birthday under the auspices of the 38th annual meeting of New York African Studies Association in Binghamton, which I organized. The meeting was also praised as best ever; I have no doubt that this was mainly due to Mazrui's international academic superstardom. Attendees included the former Head of State of Nigeria, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, and the noted Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong'o. In 2013, I completed the writing of my most ambitious academic article on his scholarship, which was subsequently published in African Studies Review, entitled "Ali A. Mazrui, the Postcolonial Theorist". Also in 2013, President Barack Obama visited Binghamton University and I sought to make sure that the President would receive Mazrui's work entitled "Barack Obama in Comparative Perspective". Mazrui was in Kenya at the time.

 

Seifudein Adem, PhD

Associate Director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies

Binghamton University, USA

WITH AND ABOUT MAZRUI
Interview with Prof Ali Mazrui in August 2013, Mombasa, Kenya
Interview with Prof Ali Mazrui in August 2013 - Mombasa, Kenya
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Library of Congress: Conversation with African Poet and Writer Ali Mazrui 
Conversation with African Poet and Writer Ali Mazrui - Library of Congress   

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The Scholar 
Between Thought and Experience
A Bibliographical Festschrift in Honor of Ali A. Mazrui   

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About Mazrui, Online

 

Mazrui Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Ali-Mazrui/28889396430  

 

Pambazuka  News

Ali A. Mazrui, the futurologist by Seifudein Adem   

 

The New York Times

Ali Mazrui, Scholar of Africa Who Divided U.S. Audiences, Dies at 81 by Douglas Martin   

 

The Guardian

Al Jazeera

An intellectual giant: Ali Mazrui (1933-2014)  by Hatem Bazian    

 

Counterpunch


Brookings
In Memoriam: Intellectual Ali Mazrui (1933-2014) by Mwangi S. Kimenyi and Amy Copley

Daily Nation

Mazrui's story over the years has been one of impressive tenacity and stamina by Mahmood Mamdani  

MAZRUI'S WORK
TThe Mazruiana Collection Revisited
An Annotated and Selected Thematic Bibliography


THE AFRICANS
1 - The Africans  /  Ali Al'amin Mazrui
The Africans / Ali Al'amin Mazrui
BIOGRAPHY

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 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. Dr. Mazrui has also been appointed Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya - an appointment made by Kenya's Head of State. Mazrui 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, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences as well as Dean of the Faculty of Law. 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 served as 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.

 

In 2005 the American journal, FOREIGN POLICY (Washington, DC), and the British Journal, PROSPECT (London), nominated Ali Mazrui among the top 100 public intellectuals alive in the world as a whole. FOREIGN POLICY is published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New York. Mazrui was earlier elected an Icon of the Twentieth Century by Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. In 2007 he was nominated for the Living Legends Award by the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] and the African Communications Association.

 

His more than thirty books include Towards a Pax Africana (1967), and The Political Sociology of the English Language (1975). He has also published a novel entitled The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971). His research interests include African politics, international political culture, political Islam, and North-South relations. 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. He and Alamin M. Mazrui have also been working on a project on Black Reparations in the Era of Globalization. His most recent books include Islam Between Globalization and Counterterrorism (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press and Oxford: James Currey Publishers, 2006), A Tale of Two Africas: Nigeria and South Africa as Contrasting Visions (London: Adonis-Abbey, 2006) and The Politics of War and the Culture of Violence (Trenton, NJ, Africa World Press, 2008).

 

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), The Standard (Nairobi), International Herald Tribune (Paris), Elsevier (Amsterdam), Los Angeles Times Syndicate (USA) and Afrique 2000 (Brussels and Paris), City Press (Johannesburg), and The Monitor (Kampala).

 

Dr. Mazrui's most influential articles of the last forty years have been republished by Africa World Press in three volumes under the overall editorship of Dr. Toyin Falola of the University of Texas. Mazrui's Milllennium Harvard lectures have been published under the title, The African Predicament and the American Experience: A Tale of Two Edens (Westport and London: Praeger, 2004). Dr. Mazrui has been awarded honorary doctorates by several universities in disciplines which have ranged from Divinity to Sciences of Human Development, from Humane Letters to Political Economy. He is also a former research fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, and the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford, California. The President of Kenya has awarded him the National Honour of Commander of the Order of the Burning Spear [C.B.S.], First Class, and the President of South Africa has made him Grand Companion of Oliver Tambo (2007).

 

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 (1978 to 1979) and Vice-President of the International Congress of African Studies (1979-1991). He is also Vice-President of the Royal Africa 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. Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, has extended to him 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. In 2007 Mazrui was elected President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, Washington, D.C. Dr. Mazrui has been received by Heads of State in Africa and elsewhere.

 

In 1998 Professor Mazrui 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 (printed 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]. An enlarged edition of Bemath's book has been published under the title of The Mazruiana Collection Revisited (New Dawn Press and Africa Institute of South Africa, 2005). Another book entitled The Global African: A Portrait of Ali A. Mazrui, edited by Omari H. Kokole, had 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, (BBC and PBS). 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.

The wide range of journals in which Dr. Mazrui has been published since 1990 alone include International Affairs (London), Internationle Politik (Bonn), East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (Kampala), Kajian Malaysia (Penang), International Journal of the Sociology of Language (Berlin), Islamic Studies (Islamabad), Foreign Affairs (New York), Revue Africaine de Developpement (Abidjan), International Journal of Refugee Law (New York), and International Political Science Journal (Oxford).

 

Ali Mazrui is widely consulted on many issues including constitutional change and educational reform. Dr. Mazrui has been involved in a number of UN projects on matters which have ranged from human rights to nuclear proliferation. He is also internationally consulted on Islamic culture and Muslim history. He is editor of Volume VIII (Africa since 1935) of the UNESCO General History of Africa (1993). He has also served as Expert Advisor to the United Nations Commission on Transnational Corporations. Professor Mazrui has served on the editorial boards of more than twenty international scholarly journals. He won the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award of The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the Distinguished Africanist Award of the African Studies Association of the USA. He is a member of the Royal Commonwealth Trust and the Atheneum Club (London) and the United Kenya Club (Nairobi). Dr. Mazrui's services to the Organization of African Unity and the African Union include membership of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed in 1992 by the O.A.U. Presidential Summit to explore the issues of African Reparations for Enslavement and Colonization. He was also among the Eminent Personalities who advised on the transition from the OAU to the African Union (2002).


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