Select Mazrui Lectures
The Love of Beauty and the Beauty of Love: The Song of Rumi (.pdf 306KB) Acceptance Speech upon receiving the RUMI Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Education presented by the RUMI Forum at the annual ceremony held at the National Press Club, Washington, DC, October 24, 2013.
Ibn Khaldun Modernized: Between Nationalism and Globalization (.pdf 149KB) Presented at the Civilization Between Politics and Economics Toward Applied Khaldunism Third International Ibn Khaldun Symposium hosted by the International Ibn Khaldun Society (IIKS), Alliance of Civilizations Institute (ACI) at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Waqf University, Istanbul Foundation for Research and Education (ISAR), Istanbul, Turkey, September 27, 2013.
Half a Century of the Post-Colonial Judiciary and State-Formation: The African Experience (.pdf 150KB) A shorter version of this lecture was delivered at the University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, under the sponsorship of the Office of the Chief Justice of Kenya, Justice Willy Mutunga, and coordinated by Judge Joel Ngugi of the High Court in Nairobi, August 16, 2013.
The Arab Awakening and the Turkish Unrest (.pdf 136KB) Part of presentation at the International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, Virginia, July 1, 2013.
Changing the Guard from the O.A.U. to the A.U.: Fifty Years of Change (.pdf 165KB) Presented at the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the OAU/AU, hosted by the United Nations Mission of the Organization of African Unity and the African Unity, New York, held on June 26, 2013.
Towards Modernizing African Education (.pdf 102KB) Acceptance speech upon receiving the Education Research in Africa Award (ERAA), Visio-Conference from Paris, France, by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), May 14, 2013. Mazrui delivered this speech from Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y., USA.
The Sunset of Institutional Racisim: From Bismark to Barack, from Nujoma to Mandela (.pdf 127KB) This paper is partly indebted to the author's earlier writings on social conflict and the politics of identity. This version was the Fifth Annual Sam Nujoma Public Lecture, sponsored by the Pan African Council (PACON) in the presence of Prime Minister Dr. Huge Geingob, Namibia, May 23, 2013.
Comparative Anniversaries of Emancipation: From Wilberforce and Lincoln to Toussaint L'Ouverture and Mandela (.pdf 284KB) Address to the General Assembly of the United Nations to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, March 2013.
The Global University and Regional Integration (.pdf 100kb) This is a fragment from a paper prepared for a forum entitled The Rapprochement and Human Harmony Week held February 2-6, 2013 in Sultanate of Oman.
Water in a Triple Heritage perspective: Indigenous, Islamic and Western Legacies (.pdf 116KB) This paper has borrowed from some of the earlier writings of the author, including his television contributions to the British Broadcasting Corporation. This version was presented at a conference on "FRESH WATER GOVERNANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT," hosted by Water Research Commission, South Africa, and held at Champagne Sports Resort, Central Drakensberg (KwaZulu-Natal) South Africa, November 5 to 7, 2012.
Uganda Between Domestic Policy and Regional Power (.pdf 119KB)
Occupying the African Academy (.pdf 68.7)
From Euro-Colonial Colleges to the Global University (.pdf 213KB)
Nigeria: From the Sharia Debate to Boko Haram (.pdf 112KB)
Political Islam Between Piety and Petroleum-African and Comparative Experience (.pdf 114KB) Prepared for presentation at the Summer Institute for Scholars on "Good Governance in Islam: Classical and Contemporary Approaches," sponsored by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Herndon, Virginia, July 2012.
Democracy and the Politics of Petroleum: Comparative African Perspectives (.pdf 142 KB) This is the second lecture of the Goddy Jidenma Foundation scheduled for delivery at the Nigerian Institute for International Affairs, Lagos, Nigeria, December 8, 2011. This lecture is indebted to earlier works on Nigeria by the author, including A Tale of Two Africas: Nigeria and South Africa as Contrasting Visions (London: Adonis & Abbey Publishers, 2006).
Between the Arab Spring and the African Awakening (.pdf 84.3KB)
Three Men of Colour Who Made A Global Difference (.pdf 89.6KB)
Should African Political Parties Bear African Names? (.pdf, 72.8KB)
Islam and the United States: streams of convergence, strands of divergence (.pdf, 131KB) Third World Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 5, pp 793–820, 2004
Deconstructing Mazruiana (.pdf, 93KB) First presented at the 1999 meeting of International Studies Association, Washington, DC, February 18–19, 1999. Global Development Panel in Honor of Distinguished Senior Scholar.
"Things Fall Apart": The Fiction and The Facts, The Poetry and The Prose (.pdf, 203KB) . These remarks were originally written as part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Chinua Achebe's classical novel, Things Fall Apart (1958). Part of the celebration was held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC in 2006.
Highlights Without Precedent: When Ali A. Mazrui Led the Way (.pdf, 160KB). Prepared for Special Purposes for the Ali A. Mazrui Makerere Foundation Kampala, Uganda and for The International Institute of Islamic Thought Herndon, Virginia, USA
Uswahili International: Between Language and Cultural Synthesis (.pdf, 60KB). Delivered at Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya on July 19, 2005, as part of the launch of the Swahili Resource Centre, Coastal Branch, Kenya. The event was also a commemoration of the works of Sheikh Al-Amin Aly Mazrui, the late Chief Kadhi of Kenya.
Language and the Rule of Law (.pdf, 74KB).
The Kenya Coast — Rise, Decline and Revival . A summary of a lecture given at Pwani University College, Kilifi, Kenya, and at the Mombasa University College (former M.I.O.M.E.) in Mombasa, Kenya, July 2011.
The Muse of Modernity and the Quest for Development (.pdf, 105KB). Originally written as an Introductory Essay for the book project provisionally entitled The Heart and the Mind in African Development: Culture and Development, edited by Philip G. Altbach and Salah Hassan (1996). The editors subsequently adopted the title of Mazrui's chapter for the title of their whole book. (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1997).
Paradoxes of the Human Condition and of Comparative Experience (.pdf, 120KB). Extracted from the works of Ali A.Mazrui from 1971 to 2011. This document has been prepared for the International Institute of Islamic Thought, USA, June 2011.
Using 50 Years of Independence to Judge 100 Years of Colonial Rule — 2nd Draft 2011 (.pdf, 83KB). An earlier version of this paper was published in The Guardian (London, UK), December 2010.
Africa Between the Baobab Tree & the Owl of Minerva: A Post-Colonial Educational Narrative (.pdf, 152KB). Presented at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Educational Society (CIES) on the theme "Education is That Which Liberates: Fifty Years of Education for the Development: Taking Stock and Looking Forward," hosted by McGill Faculty of Education, Montreal, Canada, April 30 to May 4, 2011.
Inter-Faith Dialogue: Between Piety and Partition (.pdf, 86KB). Presentation at the 2nd Annual Muslim Christian Interfaith Celebration of the birth of Jesus, son of Mary, sponsored the United Muslim-Christian Forum, held at the Days Inn, Binghamton, NY, January 8, 2011. The Referendum about the Independence of the Southern Sudan was scheduled for the next day, January 9, 2011.
An African Half-Century. Dr. Ali A. Mazrui's article published in The Guardian newspaper on 7th December 2010.
Civilization and the Quest for Creative Synthesis: Between a Global Dr. Jekyll and a Global Mr. Hyde (.pdf, 32KB). Keynote address to the conference on "Civilization and Values," sponsored by the Institute for the Alliance of Civilizations and the Chamber of Commerce of Istanbul held in Istanbul, Turkey, December 18, 2010.
The Floral Gap: Where are the Flowers in African Culture? (.pdf, 15KB) This summary is a work in progress. The short essay is indebted to Ali A. Mazrui's Oxford Amnesty Lecture "Strangers in Our Midst: In Search of Seven Pillars of Wisdom," delivered at Oxford University, England, February 27, 2004, co-sponsored by Oxford Astor Lectureships.
Between the Pre-Democratic Ummah and the Post-Democratic United States of America (.pdf, 152KB). Lecture presented on a panel organised by the American Muslim Alliance at the annual meeting of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) held in Chicago, IL, July 3, 2010.
Euro-Jews and Afro-Arabs: Towards the Europeanization of the Jews and the Africanization of the Arabs (.pdf, 190 KB). Lecture delivered at Columbia University, New York, on May 6, 2010.
Can Globalization be Contained? Towards Afro-Asian Strategies (.pdf, 73KB). Keynote address under a different title at the International Conference on "Engaging with Resurgent Africa," sponsored by the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India, November 20–21, 2008.