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Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University.  He is also the Director of the Institute of African Studies at SIPA.

Mahmood Mamdani's reputation as an expert in African history, politics and international relations has made him an important voice in contemporary debates about the changing role of Africa in a global context.  His book Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (Princeton University Press, 1996) has been hailed as one of the best scholarly works on Africa published in English, and won the prestigious Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association of the USA (1998).  Other books include When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda (Princeton University Press, 2002), Beyond Rights Talk and Culture Talk: Comparative Essays on the Politics of Rights and Culture (editor, Palgrave Macmillan, November 2000), Crises and Reconstruction - African Perspectives: Two Lectures (with Colin Leys, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, December 1998), Imperialism and Fascism in Uganda (Africa World Press Inc., 1983), and many others.

Recent works include "Iraq: Collective Punishment in War and Peace," in Irwin Abrams and Wang Gungwu, eds., The Iraq War and Its Consequences: Thoughts of Nobel Peace Laureates and Eminent Scholars (World Scienti.c, 2004); and When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda (Princeton University Press, 2002). He is also author of the Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror (2004).

Professor Mamdani holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh (1967).  He received an MA and MALD from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1969, and in 1974 he received his PhD from Harvard University.  His other academic appointments include A.C. Jordan Professor of African Studies and Director for the Center for African Studies at the University of Cape Town (South Africa).  He has taught at the University of Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania) and Makerere University (Uganda). 

He is the founding Director of the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala, Uganda, and is the current President (1999-2002) of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Africa's social science body based in Senegal.  Mr. Mamdani's current work focuses on internal conflict and civil war in Africa, with particular attention given to the political and social restructuring which such conflict elicits.

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The last time celebrated Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani set foot at UCT was 16 years ago. Mamdani left UCT swearing never to return ...
The University of Cape Town will host renowned African scholar Mahmood Mamdani, who will speak on "decolonising the post-colonial ...
Maybe the concept of 'popular genocide' developed by Mahmood Mamdani for Rwanda could be used to understand the Partition.
Mahmood Mamdani, the historian, admired Mazrui for his free speech and critical enquiry. Mazrui's humanism accommodated the ideas of ...
Confronted with this ugly face of civil society in Darfur, Ugandan scholar, Mahmood Mamdani, coined the term, "human rights fundamentalism" ...
Mahmood Mamdani is a director at Makerere Institute for Social Research in Makerere University, Uganda and a professor at Columbia ...
Professor Mahmood Mamdani delivers the 8th annual Thabo Mbeki Africa Day Lecture. The lecture is delivered at Unisa in Pretoria this Friday.
Although he is still a tenured member of the faculty at Columbia University, Mahmood Mamdani has taken what he describes as "10 years' time ...
President Salva Kiir of South Sudan visiting Sudan People's Liberation army soldiers at the military hospital in the capital city of Juba last month ...
A committee investigating the causes of a public row between Professor Mahmood Mamdani, the Executive Director of Makerere University ...
Mahmood Mamdani is correct. He argues that the postcolonial African state has a "bifurcated" political system in which the grammar of civil society, human rights and democracy is spoken by urban-based persons while those in rural areas are in the grip ...
However, this concept actually leads to an asymmetrical system with imperialist overtones, according to Ugandan political commentator, Mahmood Mamdani, who argues that through the language of R2P, non-Western countries are more often defined as ...
The literature Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social sciences, which, according to Mahmood Mamdani's Scholars in the Marketplace, was worst hit by Museveni's neoliberal reforms of higher education. Mamdani argues that as ...
Renowned Ugandan academic Mahmood Mamdani describes the events as "decentralized despotism" - a paternalistic urban elite making decisions for the "backward" rural poor.
Renowned Ugandan academic Mahmood Mamdani describes the events as "decentralised despotism" - a paternalistic urban elite making decisions for the "backward" rural poor.
Renowned Ugandan academic Mahmood Mamdani describes the events as "decentralized despotism" - a paternalistic urban elite making decisions for the "backward" rural poor.
Mahmood Mamdani, Ugandan scholar and political commentator, in his book Define and Rule pinpoints that in the late 19th century the British colonial statecraft introduced a "new idea of governance, as the definition and management of difference ...
As political and cultural theorist Mahmood Mamdani pointed out some time ago, the link between terrorism and Islam has "turned religious experience into a political category, differentiating 'good Muslims' from 'bad Muslims', rather than terrorists ...
Mahmood Mamdani after she refused to teach PhD students and participate in research projects. According to the University Appointments Board chairperson Bruce Kabasa, Nyanzi had been allowed back but they had not yet found her a placement.
F amines are declared only in such extreme circumstances that the world has been spared one since 250,000 people died in Somalia in 2011.
As we bemoan this culture, we need to ask whether universities are copying the trend in some primary schools or it's the dilemmas of neo-liberal economic thinking in our education system as Prof Mahmood Mamdani, director of Makerere Institute of Social ...
The Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani says there are two kinds of truth: "truth that brings unresolved tensions to light; and truth that obscures, hides veils, masks the unpleasant facet of reality.
He is my compatriot and long-time Makerere colleague, Mahmood Mamdani. The Good Muslim, Bad Muslim and 400 hundred dollar anecdote was in my home library, deep in the Ugandan countryside.
... informalisation and intriguing succession politics in the ruling Zanu PF party, a weakened opposition and a civil society facing co-ordination and funding challenges as well as citizens that appear to be largely "subjects" in the Mahmood Mamdani sense.
U. wishes to politically engage with Middle East policy, they should use their incredible institutional prestige to bring in real scholars of international repute, like Mahmood Mamdani, instead of political hacks. Finally, we call upon our fellow ...
To rephrase academic, author and political commentator Mahmood Mamdani, we actually have a bifurcated neo-apartheid dispensation.
I n the final days of January, African leaders and diplomats will descend on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, for the African Union's (AU) 26th summit.
Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani recently floated a plan in which the African Union would take the lead in setting up a transitional government for South Sudan.
The Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani recently floated a plan in which the African Union would take the lead in setting up a transitional government for South Sudan.
... and other works [for example, Fatima Mernissi (1993), Bassim Tibi (1998), Abdelwahhab Meddeb (2003) and Mahmood Mamdani (2004)] provide us with the background to a better understanding the vicissitudes and existential threats to the Pakistan state.
Our politicians in the wake of adverse events or developments are often quick to reassure the marketplace that everything is under control.
Mahmood Mamdani, a member of the African Union Commission of Inquiry that investigated the fighting in 2013, said the role of the trusteeship would be to midwife and oversee an inclusive political process based on democratic reform.
He told a story about Makerere, home to famous African social scientist Mahmood Mamdani, who runs a major, globally respected research institute.
Prominent African idiographers are Archie Mafeje and Mahmood Mamdani. I believe that UCT MUST make room for BOTH nomotheism and idiography in its curriculum and that supporters of these different views of life should debate and then have a beer at ...
If they advocate and implement ideas recently professed by eminent decolonist scholars like Mahmood Mamdani and Achille Mbembe, departments/faculties could be dismembered to form a "pluriversity" within which courses would be required to 'inclusivize', ...
Mahmood Mamdani and Prof. Anyang Nyong'o. Good enough, truth has already triumphed over the devil as the issue of sanctions and arms embargo on South Sudan were defeated yesterday at the UNSC.
Mahmood Mamdani and Prof. Anyang Nyong'o. Good enough, truth has already triumphed over the devil as the issue of sanctions and arms embargo on South Sudan were defeated yesterday at the UNSC.
Senator Nyong'o's remarks, published as a column in the weekend edition of The Star newspaper, also endorse the position of Professor Mahmood Mamdani of the African Union Commission of Inquiry that South Sudan be placed under an international ...
Zimbabweans may be described as "voters, but not yet citizens." Mahmood Mamdani's classic thesis about citizens and subjects in late colonialism seems to apply strongly to Zimbabwe, a country in which the voice of the citizen has been largely non ...
First, it creates what Ugandan academic Mahmood Mamdani calls "ethnic citizenship" - an impression that the district belongs to the "sons of the soil".
He quoted Professor Mahmood Mamdani, who said in the past that "political decolonisation cannot be complete without an intellectual paradigm shift, which is what I mean by intellectual decolonisation.
It might be argued, as has Mahmood Mamdani, that Africans are perennial "subjects", and, for Zimbabweans, this may well have been the case for more than 100 years.
The bloodbath that engulfed the palace of the Rwenzururu Kingdom on November 27 reflects the extent to which successive Ugandan governments have perpetuated and even fortified the divisive legacy of the colonial policy of indirect rule.
Mahmood Mamdani, Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, politics, and the war on Terror (2010). Mamdani offers a refreshingly original and historically informed account of the Darfur crisis, placing it within the larger politics of the war on terror and ...
It was President Museveni, according to academic Mahmood Mamdani, who attempted to detribalise Ugandan society. In the territories he controlled as a rebel leader in the 1980s, especially in the Luwero Triangle, Mr Museveni's National Resistance army ...
Mahmood Mamdani. Makerere University has closed again. The decision has come from the President of Uganda with no indication as to when the university will reopen.
iii) I have borrowed the term "Sons of the soil" from Mahmood Mamdani to denote the saturation of native-settler discourse which tends to cleanse various "native" spaces from alien presence.
I recently attended the Annual Coca-Cola World Fund Lecture at Yale University which this year was delivered by the esteemed Ugandan political scientist Mahmood Mamdani who once taught at the University of Dar es Salaam overlapping slightly with ...
In his book, Scholars in the market Place: The Dilemma of neo-liberal Reforms at Makerere University, renowned scholar Prof Mahmood Mamdani illustrates how government simply resigned its responsibility of financing the university in late 1980s.
At that time, we called for a Justice and reconciliation Commission, which Professor Mahmood Mamdani and myself [Sampie Terreblanche], had already argued in 1998 was absolutely necessary for a full review of the supply-side capitalist economics that ...


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