Call for Chapters Ali A. Mazrui: A Walking Triple Heritage – Tributes and Reflections
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Call for Chapters
Ali A. Mazrui: A Walking Triple Heritage -Tributes and Reflections
Publisher: East African Educational Publishers Ltd.
Editor D. Ndirangu Wachanga
This is an invitation to contribute a chapter in an edited volume of essays in honor of Prof. Ali A. Mazrui. This volume of essays will be published by East African Educational Publishers will publish this edited volume.
Mwalimu Ali A. Mazrui has now entered intellectual history following his death on October 12, 2014. The period of mourning the passing of this eloquent intellectual is confronted with the absence of the central and colossus figure that was Ali Mazrui. But Mwalimu has left behind an extensive oeuvre: diverse ideas contained in more than thirty-five books, hundreds of book chapters and journal articles, TV series and radio broadcasts, and controversial lectures he gave across the globe for more than half a century. By reflecting on his legacy, we can now start to trace the beginning of his writings as well as the circumstances under which the work was produced, especially because we now know where his writing ended.
I had the privilege of serving as Ali Mazrui’s authorized documentary biographer, tracing his life from his birthplace in the East African coast, to his residence in New York. When I first asked him about his legacy in 2009, he said he would leave the assessment and evaluation of his contributions to other scholars who know about Africa. This book is a response to that request. In April 2013, in what turned out to be my last interview with him in his office, in Binghamton, New York, I asked him the same question. Here is his response:
If, at the end of time, I will be asked what I did with my life, I hope I will have spent most of it creating a rainbow world or making contributions towards it; a world guided by considerable acceptance of multiculturalism, tolerance of differences and dissent, and acceptance of diversity. I have tried to minimize wasting the life that God has permitted me to have.
He also made an intriguing request:
You will let me know when we meet in AfterAfrica if other scholars continued to use my triple heritage model after I am gone.
In this call for chapters, I hope contributors will reflect on Mazrui’s legacy, especially because we are now liberated from the censures of the authority of the author as well as the intentions the author might have had.
Mazrui’s work cut across various disciplines: political science, history, literature, religion, cultural studies, law, education, international relations, philosophy, media studies, language, anthropology and sociology. He also allowed us to reflect on the role of public intellectuals as well as the role of intellectuals in politics.
• All submissions should be addressed to D. Ndirangu Wachanga at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
• Please send your abstract (between 250 and 500 words) by May 30, 2015
• Acceptance notifications will be sent June 30, 2015
• Send full chapter by September 31, 2015
• Your full chapter should be at most 5000 words
• Please provide your full contact information including your title address, e-mail address, telephone number, and institutional affiliation.
• Expected date of publication Early 2016
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