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Title:Ali A. Mazrui: a postmodern Ibn Khaldun?
Author:Hussien, Seifudein AdemISNI
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:political science
foreign policy
biographies (form)
thoughts & ideologies
About person:Ali Al'Amin Mazrui (1933-2014)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/13602000305938
Abstract:The author examines 'Mazruiana', the multifaceted works of Ali A. Mazrui (1933- ) in the fields of international relations, comparative politics, political theory, philosophy, sociology, sociolinguistics and literary studies. The focus is on Mazrui's contributions to the study of international relations (IR) and the question of where Mazrui fits within the postmodernist school of thought. Following an examination of the origin and methodology of Mazruiana, the author attempts to answer the question of why the contributions of Mazrui in the field of IR have systematically been ignored, in spite of the fact that he is regarded as one of the leading intellectual figures of our time. Next, he discusses the 'new international relations', a phase which shares a number of characteristic features with Mazruiana, including 'social constructivism'. In the last section, the author presents answers to the question of why Mazrui writes, organizing his thoughts around the following variables: political purpose, historical impulse, aesthetic enthusiasm, and the desire for recognition. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]