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Ethnic emancipation and conflict escalation in Uganda

This article examines why the emancipation of ethnic groups has failed to address ethnic conflicts in Uganda. Successive Ugandan governments, especially the current regime of President Yoweri Museveni, have attempted to end the country’s history of ethnic strife by creating separate constituencies, separate districts and separate kingdoms for marginalised ethnic groups to free them from the domination of powerful ethnic groups.

Main Author: Dr. Yahya Sseremba
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Ambivalent memories of imperial legacies: Asmara as ‘beautiful’ and ‘segregationist’ from Ethiopia

This paper discusses how the capital town of Eritrea, Asmara, is depicted alternately as Italian, Eritrean and Ethiopian thus showing the competing claims of ‘ownership’ that traverses its colonial and postcolonial histories and a multifaceted identity. It focuses specifically on how the Italian architecture of Asmara is depicted both as a sign of modernization and oppression.

Main Author: Netsanet Gebremichael Weldesenbet
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Taylor & Francis Online

The Coherence of Contradiction

In one of his traditions, the Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, highlighted the power of words when he said, “Indeed, there is magic in eloquence.” Shahab Ahmed exhibits this magic when he charmingly advances a radically new way of understanding Islam in his 2016 book, What Is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic. Ahmed sets out to establish Islam as “a historical and human phenomenon . . . in its plentitude and complexity” and hence to “conceptualize unity [in Islam] not in diversity but in the face of outright contradiction.”

Journal Name: Comparative Studies in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East
Main Author: Dr. Yahya Sseremba
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Duke University Press

The MISR Review No. 3

This issue appears more than a year after its scheduled publication. We have no alibis to offer, just an admission and a request that this be taken as an illustration of the continuing steep learn- ing curve at MISR.

Journal Name: MISR Review
Associated Authors: Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Haydée Bangerezako, Yahya Sseremba, Suren Pillay, Saleem Badat, Netsanet Gebremichael Weldesenbet
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

The Impact of Governance on Research in Ugandan Universities


Journal Name: MISR Working Papers
Main Author: A.B.K. Kasozi
Year: 2017
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

Gender, Ethnicity, and Violence in Kenya’s Transitions to Democracy: States of Violence

Gender, Ethnicity, and Violence in Kenya’s Transitions to Democracy : States of Violence - Lyn Ossome

Main Author: Lyn Ossome
Year: 2018
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Lexington Books

MISR Working Paper No 30: Yemeni Diaspora, Law and Colonial Social Order in 1930 Djibouti.

Recent scholarship on Africa recognizes the relevance of looking at the connection between Africa and the Indian Ocean realm. Focusing on one of the well-known diaspora in this region, the Yemenis, this study examines the interaction/interface between Yemeni diaspora property management (inheritance) and the colonial social order in Djibouti.

Journal Name: MISR Working papers
Main Author: Samson A. Bezabeh
Year: 2017
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

Reading Ibn Khaldun in Kampala

Why would reading of Muqaddimah by teachers and students in the PhD program at Makerere Institute of social Research (MISR) be of interest to a wider audience? Alternatively, Why would a reading of a 14th century North African text be of interest to academics in 21st -century Kampala? Both questions belong to a wider reflection on the subject of universalization and particularization as aspects of a single process. The universalization of particular modes of thought goes alongside the particularization of other modes of thought.

Journal Name: Journal of Historical Sociology
Main Author: Mahmood Mamdani
Year: 2017
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Wiley Online Library

MISR Working Paper No. 29: MISR Views on the National Discussion on Makerere University


Journal Name: MISR Working Papers
Main Author: A.B.K Kasozi & Mahmood Mamdani
Year: 2016
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

Arab Diasporas in Geopolitical Spaces

ABSTRACT This article argues that imperial geopolitical contestations were important for the transnational existence of Muslim diasporas of Djibouti during the interwar years (1919-1939). The author examines global geopolitical processes as part of his analysis of diasporic formation in the region. Contemporary studies of the Indian Ocean have viewed diasporas as creating connections between Oceanic systems and focused on discourses, networks, genealogy and cosmopolitanism to explain transnational existence.

Journal Name: Cahiers d’Études africaines
Main Author: Samson A. Bezabeh
Year: 2017
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