Prof Ali Mazrui Biography
Prof Ali Mazrui was born on February 24, 1933 and died on 12th October 2014 in Mombasa county in Kenya. He was an academic professor and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North- south relations. He is famous for producing the Television documentary series The Africans: A Tripple Heritage.
Prof Ali Mazrui Education Background
1966: Graduate student at Oxford University (Nuffield College), doctorate (DPhil).
1961: Graduate student at Columbia University in New York, M.A.
Ended 1960: Undergraduate student at Manchester University in Great Britain.
Prof Ali Mazrui Career
Prof Ali Mazrui is East Africa’s leading academic and political writer on African and Islamic Studies and a commentator on North-South relations. He was born in 1933 in Mombasa and studies in various schools at the Coast. He proceeded to Manchester University where be obtained a BA degree in 1960. For his postgraduate studies, Prof Ali Mazrui obtained MA degree from Columbia University in New York in 1961 and DPhil from Oxford University in 1966.
After completing his studies, Prof Ali Mazrui joined Makerere University where he served as the Head of Department of Political Science until 1973 when he was forced into exile by Dictator Idi Amin and joined University of Michigan in United States as a professor of Political Science and African Studies.
He was later appointed the Director of the Centre for Afro- American and African Studies. In 1989, Mazrui was appointed to the faculty of Binghamton University, State University of New York where he is the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies. Mazrui also holds several 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 Scholarin Africana Studies at Cornell University in New York. He hadalso been Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta university of Agriculture and Technology as well as Walter Rodney Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Guyana.
In addition, Mazrui has also been a visiting Scholar at Stanford University, University of Chicago, Colgate University, McGill University, National University of Singapore, Oxford University, Harvard University, Bridgewater State College, Ohio State University, University of Cairo, and University of Baghdad among so many others.
Currently, Mazrui is ranked among the world’s top 100 public intellectuals. In 2005, he was ranked 73rd topmost intellectual person in the world by Foreign Policy Magazine. Mazrui’s other academic and intellectual accolades include: Millennium Tribute for Outstanding Scholarship, House of Lords, House of Lords Parliament Buildings, London. Special Award, Association of Muslim Social Scientists in United Kingdom for his contribution to the social sciences and Islamic Studies. Honorary Doctorate of Letters from various universities for ﬁelds which include Divinity, Humane Letters, History, Political Science and African Studies.
Icon of the Twentieth Century, elected by Lincoln University in Pennsylvania DuBois-Garvey Award for Pan- African Unity, Morgan State University, Maryland. Ibn-Khaldun Professor-at- Large, School of Islamic and Social Sciences, Leesburg University, Virginia. Professor of Political Science, African Studies and Philosophy, interpretation and Culture, Binghamton University, State University of New York, Thelma McAndless Distinguished Scholar, Eastern Michigan University. President, Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America, Washington D C
Prof Ali Mazrui Positions Held
- Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.
- Director, Center for Afro-American and African Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.
- 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.
- Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya
- Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria
- Senior Scholar in Africana Studies and Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.
- 2008-2009 M. Thelma McAndless Distinguished scholar, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, U.S.A.
- President, Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America, Washington D.C.
Prof Ali Mazrui Membership
- Fellow, African Academy of Sciences
- Member, Pan-African Advisory Council to UNICEF (The United Nations’ Children’s Fund)
- Vice-President, World Congress of Black Intellectuals
- Member, United Nations Commission on Transnational Corporations
- Distinguished Visiting Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. (Spring)
- Member, Bank’s Council of African Advisors, The World Bank (Washington, D.C.)
- Vice-President, International African Institute, London, England
- Member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the Detroit Chapter, Africare
Prof Ali Mazrui Publications
- 2008: Islam in Africa’s Experience [editor: Ali Mazrui, Patrick Dikirr, Robert Ostergard Jr., Michael Toler and Paul Macharia] (New Delhi: Sterling Paperbacks).
- 2008: Euro-Jews and Afro-Arabs: The Great Semitic Divergence in History [editor: Seifudein Adem], (Washington DC: University of America Press).
- 2008: The Politics of War and Culture of Violence [editor: Seifudein Adem and Abdul Bemath], (New Jersey: Africa World Press).
- 2008: Globalization and Civilization: Are they Forces in Conflict? [editor: Ali Mazrui, Patrick Dikirr, Shalahudin Kafrawi], (New York: Global Academic Publications).
- 2006: A Tale of two Africas: Nigeria and South Africa as contrasting Visions [editor: James N. Karioki] (London: Adonis & Abbey).
- 2006: Islam: Between Globalization & Counter-Terrorism [editors: Shalahudin Kafrawi, Alamin M. Mazrui and Ruzima Sebuharara] (Trenton, NJ and Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press).
- 2004: The African Predicament and the American Experience: a Tale of two Edens (Westport, CT and London: Praeger).
- 2004: Almin M. Mazrui and Willy M. Mutunga (eds). Race, Gender, and Culture Conflict: Mazrui and His Critics (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press).
- 2003: Almin M. Mazrui and Willy M. Mutunga (eds). Governance and Leadership:Debating the African Condition (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press).
- 2002: Black Reparations in the era of Globalization [with Alamin Mazrui] (Binghamton: The Institute of Global Cultural Studies).
- 2002: The Titan of Tanzania: Julius K. Nyerere’s Legacy (Binghamton: The Institute of Global Cultural Studies).
- 2002: Africa and other Civilizations: Conquest and Counter-Conquest, The Collected Essays of Ali A. Mazrui, Vol. 2 [series editor: Toyin Falola; editors: Ricardo Rene Laremont & Fouad Kalouche] (Trenton, NJ and Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press)
- 2002: Africanity Redefined, The Collected Essays of Ali A. Mazrui, Vol. 1 [Series Editor: Toyin Falola; Editors: Ricardo Rene Laremont & Tracia Leacock Seghatolislami] (Trenton, NJ, and Asmara,Eritrea: Africa World Press).
- 1999: Political Culture of Language: Swahili, Society and the State [with Alamin M. Mazrui] (Binghamton: The Institute of Global Cultural Studies).
- 1999: The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities [co-editors Isidore Okpewho and Carole Boyce Davies] (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).
- 1998: The Power of Babel: Language and Governance in the African Experience [with Alamin M. Mazrui] (Oxford and Chicago: James Currey and University of Chicago Press).
- 1995: Swahili, State and Society: The Political Economy of an African Language [with Alamin M. Mazrui] (Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers).
- 1993: Africa since 1935: VOL. VIII of UNESCO General History of Africa [editor; asst. ed. C. Wondji] (London: Heinemann and Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993).
- 1990: Cultural Forces in World Politics (London and Portsmouth, N.H: James Currey and Heinemann).
- 1986: The Africans: A Triple Heritage (New York: Little Brown and Co., and London: BBC).
- 1986: The Africans: A Reader Senior Editor [with T.K. Levine] (New York: Praeger).
- 1984: Nationalism and New States in Africa: From about 1935 to the Present [with Michael Tidy] (Heinemann Educational Books, London).
- 1980: The African Condition: A Political Diagnosis [The Reith Lectures] (London: Heinemann Educational Books. and New York: Cambridge University Press).
- 1978: The Warrior Tradition in Modern Africa [editor] (The Hague and Leiden, The Netherlands: E.J. Brill Publishers).
- 1978: Political Values and the Educated Class in Africa (London: Heinemann Educational Books and Berkeley, CA: University of California Press).
- 1977: State of the Globe Report, 1977 (edited and co-authored for World Order Models Project)
- 1977: Africa’s International Relations: The Diplomacy of Dependency and Change (London: Heinemann Educational Books and Boulder: Westview Press).
- 1976: A World Federation of Cultures: An African Perspective (New York: Free Press).
- 1975: Soldiers and Kinsmen in Uganda: The Making of a Military Ethnocracy (Beverly Hills: Sage Publication and London).
- 1975: The Political Sociology of the English Language: An African Perspective: (The Hague: Mouton Co.).
- 1973: World Culture and the Black Experience (Seattle: University of Washington Press).
- 1973: Africa in World Affairs: The Next Thirty Years [co-edited with Hasu Patel] (New York and London: The Third Press).
- 1971: The Trial of Christopher Okigbo [novel] (London: Heinemann Educational Books and New York: The Third Press).
- 1971: Cultural Engineering and Nation-Building in East Africa (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press).
- 1970: Protest and Power in Black Africa [co-edited with Robert I. Rotberg] (New York: Oxford University Press).
- 1969: Violence and Thought: Essays on Social Tentions in Africa (London and Harlow: Longman).
- 1967: Towards a Pax Africana: A Study of Ideology and Ambition (London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, and University of Chicago Press).
- 1967: On Heroes and Uhuru-Worship: Essays on Independent Africa (London: Longman).
- 1967: The Anglo-African Commonwealth: Political Friction and Cultural Fusion (Oxford: Pergamon Press).
Prof Ali Mazrui Family
Prof Ali Mazrui was the son of Al-Amin Bin Ali Mazrui, the Chief Islamic Judge in Kadhi courts of Kenya Colony,the highest authority on Islamic law. The Mazrui family was a historically wealthy and important family in Kenya, having previously been the rulers of Mombasa.
Prof Ali Mazrui was married and had five sons:Jamal, Al’Amin, Kim Abubakar, Farid Chinedu and Harith Ekenechukwu and one adopted daughter Grace Jennifer. Only one of his sons is Kenyan and four are US citizens.
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