ISBN 9780992236366
Pages 552
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2016
Publisher African Perspectives, South Africa
Format Paperback

A Giant Tree has Fallen

Tributes to Ali Al'Amin Mazrui

edited by Seifudein Adem, Jideofor Adibe, Abdul Karim Bangura, Abdul Samed Bemath

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 have apposed any segmentation of people by class, race, ethnicity, 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 in the book are three chapters that comprise an introductory essay, a brief biography of Mazrui, and an essay on a metaphorical linguistic analysis of the tributes. The book also has a preface by the co-editors and a foreword 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. 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."

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About the Editors

Seifudein Adem

Dr. Seifudein Adem is Associate Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York in Binghamton in the United States. Dr. Adem's books include Paradigm Lost, Paradigm Regained: The Worldview of Ali A. Mazrui (2002), Anarchy, Order and Power in World Politics (2002) and Hegemony and Discourse (2005). He is currently working on Professor Mazrui's intellectual biography. Dr. Adem is also the Vice President of the New York African Studies Association.

Jideofor Adibe


Jideofor Adibe studied political science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and holds a doctorate degree in International Development Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark. He also holds an LLM degree in Media Law from City University, London and equally studied the New Economic Powers at Oxford University, UK. He has been a Guest Research Fellow at several research institutes across the world including the Centre for Development Research, Copenhagen, Denmark, the Nordic Institute for African Studies, Uppsala, Sweden, the Centre for Developing Area Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada and the Institute for Commonwealth Studies, University of London, UK. He is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria. He is also the founding editor of the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, African Renaissance and co-editor of the peer-reviewed bi-monthly Journal of African Foreign Affairs. He is equally a columnist with the Daily Trust - one of the leading national newspapers in Nigeria.

Abdul Karim Bangura

Abdul Karim Bangura is a researcher-in-residence of Abrahamic Connections and Islamic Peace Studies at the Centre for Global Peace at American University and Professor of Research Methodology and Public Policy at Howard University, Washington 

Abdul Samed Bemath

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.

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