Mazrui and Barkan: A Tribute

33 Journal of Contemporary African Studies (2016)

Posted: 4 Apr 2016

Date Written: January 1, 2016


The piece examines the intellectual and political legacies of two icons of Africana Studies -- Ali Mazrui and Joel Barkan. The two helped shape the discourse and study of Africa in the West and beyond during their long and celebrated academic careers. Although Mazrui and Barkan came from different corners of our planet, they both embodied an unqualified optimism about Africa in the face of narratives that have sought to marginalize the continent. They mentored hundreds of students, scholars, and policymakers in the best Africanist traditions. This piece captures aspects of the large imprint that they have left behind.

Suggested Citation

Mutua, Makau, Mazrui and Barkan: A Tribute (January 1, 2016). 33 Journal of Contemporary African Studies (2016), Available at SSRN:

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