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Prof. Ali Mazrui dies in New York, AGED 81

Wednesday 15 October 2014

BENARD NABISWA | October 13, 2014

We have woken up this Monday morning with the bad news. The Renowned Kenyan scholar Prof Ali Mazrui who died in Binghamton, New York, US yesterday. The family has confirmed this and says he was unwell for a couple of months ago.

Till his demise, Prof Ali Mazrui, born in Mombasa, Kenya, Was an academic, professor, and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations. He was an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York.

Mazrui studied at schools in Mombasa before he went to Great Britain, Manchester University, where he obtained B.A. with Distinction in 1960, M.A. from Columbia University in New York in 1961, and his doctorate (DPhil) from Oxford University (Nuffield College) in 1966.

Upon completing his education at Oxford University, Mazrui joined Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda), where he served as head of the Department of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He served at Makerere University until 1973, when he was forced into exile by Idi Amin. In 1974, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as professor and later was appointed the Director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (1978–1981). In 1989, he was appointed to the faculty of Binghamton University, State University of New York as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS). prof-ali-mazrui-essynews2 Ali Mazrui , Albert Schweitzer professor in the Humanities, and Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton, New York (2012) PHOTO: http://www.wrc.org.za

In addition to his appointments as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, Professor in Political Science, African Studies, Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS), Mazrui also holds three concurrent faculty appointments as Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large in the Humanities and Development Studies at the University of Jos in Nigeria, Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya. In 1999, Mazrui retired as the inaugural Walter Rodney Professor at the University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana.

In addition to his academic appointments, Mazrui also served as President of the African Studies Association (USA) and as Vice-President of the International Political Science Association and has also served as Special Advisor to the World Bank. He has also served on the Board of the American Muslim Council, Washington, D.C

Mazrui’s research interests included African politics, international political culture, political Islam and North-South relations. He is author or co-author of more than twenty books. Mazrui has also published hundreds of articles in major scholastic journals and for public media. He has also served on the editorial boards of more than twenty international scholarly journals. Mazrui is widely consulted by heads of states and governments, international media and research institutions for political strategies and alternative thoughts.

Especially in recent years, Mazrui has also become a well known commentator on Islam and Islamism. While rejecting violence and terrorism Mazrui has praised some of the anti-imperialist sentiment that plays an important role in modern Islamic fundamentalism. He has also argued, controversially, that sharia law is not incompatible with democracy.

In addition to his written work, Dr. Mazrui was also the creator of the television series The Africans: A Triple Heritage, which was jointly produced by the BBC and the Public Broadcasting Service (WETA, Washington) in association with the Nigerian Television Authority, and funded by the Annenberg/CPB Project. A book by the same title was jointly published by BBC Publications and Little, Brown and Company.

Prof ali mazrui has also held positions of, Director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, U.S.A., Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, U.S.A. Professor of Political Science,African Studies and Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture, Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, U.S.A.

Prof .Mazrui, featured in [Motherland (film)]] 2009, directed by Owen Alik Shahadah which features key academics from around the continent of Africa.Ali Mazrui in Motherland film

He won Millennium Tribute for Outstanding Scholarship, House of Lords, Parliament Buildings, London, June 2000 and Special Award from the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (United Kingdom), honoring Mazrui for his contribution to the social sciences and Islamic studies, June 2000

Here at Stories and Poems from Kenyans (Essy Oscar Journal) we say time may pass and fade away but memories of you will always stay, R.I.P Prof.

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