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by Ali A. Mazrui

  • ISBN: 0521232651
  • Category: Politics and Government
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Ali A. Mazrui
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 30, 1980)
  • Pages: 192
  • ePub book: 1942 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
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The African Condition book. The noted political scientist Ali Mazrui explores six fundamental paradoxes of Africa today, focusing on Africa's key geographical position in relation to issues of economic distribution and social justice.

Why is Africa, the most centrally located of all continents, also the most peripheral? .

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Acculturation, Acculturation, Politik. London ; New York : Cambridge University Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by loader-DanaB on November 18, 2010. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). The African Condition: A Political Diagnosis. Once again Mazrui sashays blithely through history, covering a span from the Garden of Eden to nuclear holocaust. As usual with this author the byways are many and varied, including, for example, digressions upon Edmund Burke, women's liberation, and the Japanese fishing industry.

Mazrui's scholarly writings. The third volume is centered on issues of power and politics at the nexus of Africa's domestic affairs and its international concepts about the disequilibrium of power in the international system and the problems that Africa has confronted globally because of it. Mazrui focuses the reader's attention on the impact that the colonial legacy and African tradition had on state formation, leadership, Africa's political economy, violence and conflict resolution while presenting some of his most interesting and even controversial ideas for building.

Ali Al'amin Mazrui (24 February 1933 – 12 October 2014), was an academic professor, and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations. He was born in Mombasa, Kenya

Ali Al'amin Mazrui (24 February 1933 – 12 October 2014), was an academic professor, and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations. He was born in Mombasa, Kenya. His positions included Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, and Director of the Center for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan. He produced the television documentary series The Africans: A Triple Heritage.

The academic and political writer Ali Mazrui delivers the 1979 Reith Lectures. Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ali Mazrui, explores the paradoxes within the current and historical state of Africa. New to the Reith Lectures?

The noted political scientist Ali Mazrui explores six fundamental paradoxes of Africa today, focusing on Africa's key geographical position in relation to issues of economic distribution and social justice.


Maucage Maucage
"The African Condition" is a series of lectures that Ali Mazrui prepared and presented in 1979-1980. There are multiple elements to the collection that make for fascinating reading now in 2014. As in any philosophical, historical perspective, it is interesting to compare the "prophecies" and theories of past decades with the actual outcomes. Ali Mazrui, a Kenyan, who studied at Oxford and taught at Makarere University in Uganda, brings his personal experience, cultural ethos and 1970s political atmosphere into the themes of his lectures. This is not to say, however, that his ideas have lost their relevance. That would be far from the truth.

Ali Mazrui writes in the context of the Cold War, South African apartheid and pre-Zimbabwean independence. Therefore, a few of the book’s pages are pre-occupied with analysis that stems from these circumstances. The first hypothesis of Mazrui's that did not appear to come about as he envisioned, was today's Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Mazrui, seemed to assume that white settlers in Zimbabwe and South Africa are more European than African, suggesting that upon independence and black African majority rule, the white's would return to Europe. That was not the case. White southern Africans, generations removed from the early settlers, loved Africa and were indeed Africans. Recent events in Zimbabwe have forced many white farmers to leave but they have migrated to places like Mozambique, Botswana or Zambia. If racism is to be eradicated in Africa, as Mazrui rightly prophesied, would it not also follow that whites could be Africans as well? It is tribalism, on the other hand, that Mazrui says will take more time to do away with. Sadly, perhaps more time than even Mazrui hopes.

In the easy, direct style of prose, Mazrui continues his political discussion of Africa's condition addressing development, military security, religious syncretism and ethnic dilemmas. Mazrui's writing is clearly influenced by his Kenyan/Ugandan experience but he invokes details from personal interviews with Senegal and Zambia's first presidents, opposition party leaders and his own dealings with Idi Amin. The universal Sub-Saharan application intends to explain that Africa's conflicts are not religious, in fact African families are inter-religious and at the same time syncretistic.

Along with an interesting discussion of the "pacifist" Christianity that was impressed on African's to more easily 'subdue' them, Mazrui discusses what he calls the "imperial monopoly of warfare". In the age of colonialism, the European empires controlled the number guns allowed to specific groups within their colonies. Mazrui compared that to the nuclear non-proliferation agenda of again "controlling" who can have what weapons and how. Fast forward to 2014 and we see initiatives in every African country in training local government forces to secure their own borders.

The argument today may be changing. France, U.S. and powers are still accused of "meddling" in African affairs but what would Mazrui say about the training of today's African forces? Would he call it too selective to be sincere, skewed to propping up corrupted dictators or perhaps nearer to his vision of an African continent truly applying its potential to benefiting regional security?

For those who follow Africa politically, culturally and through the lens of security or development, this is an excellent read, written from a scholar of high repute. When it comes to the study of Sub-Saharan Africa, it is always better to engage with the local perspective.
Chankane Chankane
Dr Mazrui did a tremendous job
ndup ndup
Many cosmopolitan Africans are qualified to describe or analyze Africa's various blights, but few are as articulate, as insightful and charming, and as exquisitely educated as Mazrui. He is irreverent without being cynical, he assigns blame and assumes it, and at the same time he campaigns for a sign of justice in a world rampant with ravenous greed and heartless corruption, within the framework of a leadership gap. No part of the world has suffered so much from this as the African continent, so diverse it suffers in a variety of ways, and so stricken its ills may never be overcome. Yet here we have a voice in Mazrui, a universal voice, that can speak to the West in the lexicon of the West.
This book gives great insight into the connection between the blight of present day sub-saharan Africa and the colonial conquests of european powers on her soil. Mazrui reveals the heart of a living socio-political paradox that has affected the progress of African interdependence and unity revealing the weaknesses this fractured continent faces in the wake of globalization and her push to find justice for her people in a modern world. Riveting reading for the expansion of one's world view and a true understanding of what is at the heart of the African condition!