Events and News: March 13, 2017

Events & Issus
Duke University

– Public Lecture

Global Blackness and the Legacy of Pan-African Revolt

March 28, 5pm, Friedl/Fredric Jameson Gallery

– Symposium on Muslim African Intellectual History – Monday, March 27, 2:00-5:00

Dear colleagues,

Please mark your calendars and join us in hosting a number of African scholars on Monday, March 27th, 2:00-5:00 for a small symposium on Muslim African intellectual history. This event is sponsored by the History Department, Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, The African Initiative, and the Humanities Futures of the FHI.

Symposium on Muslim African Intellectual History

Monday, March 27, 2:00-5:00

Ahmadieh Family Conference Room 101 West Duke Bldg.


“Beyond Timbuktu: an intellectual history of Muslim West Africa”

Ousmane Kane, Harvard University


“Fulbe literature in Arabic in 19th-century West Africa,”

Mohamed Diagayété, Associate Director, Institut des Hautes Études et de Recherche Islamique – Ahmad Baba, Timbuktu, Mali

“L’esclavage à travers les fatawa ouest-africaines,” (with translation)

Mahamane Mahamoudou, Independent scholar, Timbutku, Mali

“Reading the life and politics of a 20th-century Timbuktu religious scholar through his historiography,”

Mohamed Shaid Mathee, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

“The correspondence of Ahmad al-Bakkay al-Kunti (d.1865)”

Ali Diakité, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bruce S. Hall
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of History
Box 90719
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0719

Tel. 919-660-3197

– — On Fri, 3/3/17, Amidu Sanni wrote:

> Subject: Salafism and Jihadism in Sudanic Africa: Boko Haram and the Emerging Network of Terror

> Date: Friday, 3 March, 2017, 9:21

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– IS in Africa:

Containment and fragmentation

As the Islamic State group loses territory in Syria and Iraq many have argued that it might use Africa as a fallback option. Some foreign states felt emboldened as a result, with a military solution seen as the only option against IS. And in North Africa, strongmen such as Libya’s Khalifa Haftar and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah El-Sisi have instrumentalised this threat to gain support for their attempts to violently oppose their opponents and to crack down on dissent Although seemingly successful, this approach risks reproducing the conditions that attracted citizens to these groups.

Read more on the story in this link

– Do African exports to China hurt labor rights? Here’s what we found.

By Christopher Adolph, Vanessa Quince and Aseem Prakash March 3

President Trump blames China’s trade policy for hurting U.S. exports — and U.S. jobs. But there’s another important piece to the China trade story: how its growing economic power may also influence the labor and environmental practices of its trade partners.

Just how much do trading relationships shape domestic politics? Starting with the debates on regulatory races to the bottom and the pollution haven hypothesis, political scientists have been investigating this question for more than 30 years. There was much debate in the 1990s when the North American Free Trade Agreement came into force and when China later joined the World Trade Organization.

Read more on the story in this link

NEW BOOKS كتب جديدة

The Role of Freedom Park in Facilitating Reconciliation in South Africa: a Site for Cultural Heritage Education and Political Tourism

[دور حديقة الحرية في تسهيل المصالحة الوطنية في جنوب أفريقيا: موقع لتوطيد التراث الثقافي و التعليمي والسياحة السياسية في البلاد ]

Author: Tembeka Ngcebetsha

Language: English

This book seeks to examine the extent to which Freedom Park, as a post-apartheid monument of reconciliation, has contributed to healing of individual and collective painful memories and past wounds suffered by victims of apartheid with a specific focus on accounts given by military veterans, visitors and community members.

The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd. UK, 2016

Conjugal Relationships of African and African Americans:

a Socio-cultural Analysis

[العلاقات الزوجية بين الأفريقيين و الأمريكيين من أصول أفريقية: تحليل اجتماعي-ثقافي]

Author: Blanche Saffron Kabengele

Language: English

This study investigates whether racial and historical connections assist in the success of African and

African-American relationships, or if cultural and patriarchal differences threaten the success of these

relationships. The research centers on establishing the success and failure rates of these relationships,

and the extent to which racial and educational homogeneity, strong family and head-of-household characteristics

on the part of African males and matrilineal and cultural descent attributes demonstrated on

the part of Black females is at the core of the attraction.

The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd. UK, 2016

French Mercenaries, Violence and Systems of Domination in sub-saharan Africa (1960-1989)

[المرتزقون الفرنسيون والعنف السياسي ونظم الهيمنة في أفريقيا جنوب الصحراء (1960-1989) ]

Dr. Walter Bruyere-Ostells

Language: English

The revival of mercenaries is a phenomenon occurring concomitantly with African decolonization. From 1960 to the end of the Cold War mercenaries took part in the development of political and armed violence on the African continent. This book highlights the activities of French mercenaries and provides key witness of their active role in the local turmoil and violence in post-colonial African states with the major players of industry, arms trafficking, non-African actors imposing their influence and the African powers themselves.
The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd. UK, 2016

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