In Memoriam: Ali Alamin Mazrui, 1933-2014

Ali Mazrui, the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University in New York died on October 13. He was 81 years old.

A native of Kenya, Dr. Mazrui was considered a giant among African scholars and one of the world’s great public intellectuals. He was the author of more than 30 books, including one novel. Among his latest works are The Politics of War and the Culture of Violence (Africa World Press, 2008) and Islam Between Globalization and Counterterrorism (African World Press, 2006).

Dr. Mazrui had served on the faculty at Binghamton University since 1989. Earlier in his career, he was chair of the department of political science at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, until he was forced to leave the country by dictator Idi Amin. In 1974, Professor Mazrui joined the faculty at the University of Michigan. He was past president of the African Studies Association of the United States.

Professor Mazrui was a graduate of Manchester University in England. He earned a master’s degree at Columbia University in New York City and a Ph.D. from Oxford University.


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  1. In 1933 an icon was born,born to the world of icons.what would the be without Al Alamin. May Allah bless his soul May he rest in peace.

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