Tuesday, 3 November 2015


Prof. Ali Mazrui katika Barza Nile Hilton Kampala 2003

This book memorializing the life and work of Ali Al’amin Mazrui comprises more than 130 tributes written by people ranging from heads of state to journalists. Presented here are those tributes for which copyright permissions were received from among the hundreds that appeared online and in print. In preparing this book, it was made very clear that, unlike other books of tributes to great men and women, there would be no segmentation of the sections based on writers’ and speakers’ positions in life. Instead, it was decided that the tributes be presented in alphabetical order based on writers’ and speakers’ last names. The decision hinged on the fact that Mazrui would not have approved any segmentation of people by class, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, country of origin, etc. Nonetheless, out of great respect for Mazrui’s immediate family members, their tributes are presented first, followed by those from his global family members. Also included at the beginning of the book are three chapters that comprise an introductory essay, a brief biography of Mazrui, and an essay on metaphorical-linguistic analysis of the tributes that follow. The book also has a preface by the coeditors and a foreword by Salim Ahmed Salim, the former Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania and Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union. Dr. Salim, who served as the Secretary-General of the OAU from 1989 to 2001, was Mazrui’s friend and contemporary.   Mazrui once described Salim as “Mr. Africa” and the “first real postcolonial Secretary-General of the OAU.”

·    Seifudein Adem is an academic and the longest-serving Associate Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, which was founded by Ali A. Mazrui in 1991 at Binghamton University, New York. By invitation, Dr. Adem has written special tributes to Ali Mazrui for several periodicals including Third World Quarterly (London, UK), CODESRIA Bulletin (Dakar, Senegal), and Transition Magazine (Harvard University, USA). Seifudein Adem was also honored to accompany Mazrui’s body to its final resting place in Mombasa, Kenya. 

·   Jideofor Adibe is Associate Professor of Political Science at Nasarawa State University Keffi, Nigeria. Dr. Adibe’s London-based publishing company, Adonis & Abbey Publishers (www.adonis-abbey.com) is one of Mazrui’s European publishers. 

·   Abdul Karim Bangura is a researcher-in-residence of Abrahamic Connections and Islamic Peace Studies at the Center for Global Peace at American University and Professor of Research Methodology and Public Policy at Howard University, Washington, DC. A holder of five doctorate degrees, Dr. Bangura has published more than 75 books and 100s of articles, including on Ali Mazrui’s scholarship.

·   Abdul Samed Bemath is a South African based Library Consultant and the compiler of three annotated bibliographies of Ali Mazrui's writings covering the period 1962-2015. Mr. Bemath is also the coeditor of Mazrui’s collected essays, The Politics of War and the Culture of Violence (2008).
Below are memories of Prof. Ali Mazrui from  one of his distant students:
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