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Title A giant tree has fallen : tributes to Ali Al'amin Mazrui / foreword, Salim Ahmed Salim ; editors, Seifudein Adem [and three others]
Published Grant Park, South Africa : African Perspectives Publishing, [2016]
South Africa : African Perspectives Publishing, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (554 pages) : illustrations
Contents Foreword / Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim -- Preface / Seifudein Adem, Jideofor Adibe, Abdul Karim Bangura, Abdul Samed Bemath -- An outline of the biography of Ali Al'amin Mazrui : A Chronological Approach / Ali Al'amin Mazrui & Seifudein Adem -- section one. Introduction : growing up in a shrinking world / Ali Al'amin Mazrui -- Brief biography of Ali Al'amin Mazrui / the Mazrui family -- section two. Tributes by Ali Al'amin Mazrui's immediate family members -- section three. Tributes by Ali Al'amin Mazrui's global family members -- section four. Tributes to Mwalimu Ali Al'amin Mazrui : a metaphorical linguistic analysis / Abdul Karim Bangura
Summary This book memorialising 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 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 apposed any segmentation of people by class, race, ethnicity and gender 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 co-editors and a forward by Salim Ahmed Salim, the former Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania and Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now known as the Africa 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
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed October 13, 2016)
Subject Mazrui, Ali AlʼAmin
Mazrui, Ali AlʼAmin.
Africanists -- Kenya -- Biography
Africanists -- United States -- Biography
United States.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Adem, Seifudein, editor
ISBN 0992236371