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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)

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)

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)

MISR Working Paper No. 28: Commentaries on Professor Sylvia Tamale’s Inaugural Lecture, “Nudity, Protest and the Law in Uganda,” School of Law, Makerere University

Note: This paper was co authored by Dr. Samson Bezabeh, Dr Lyn Ossome and Prof. Mahmood Mamdani.  

Journal Name: MISR Working Papers
Associated Authors: Dr Samson Bezabeh, Dr Lyn Ossome, Prof. Mahmood Mamdani
Main Author: Bezabeh, Ossome & Mamdani
Year: 2017
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

MISR Annual Report, 2015


Main Author: MISR
Year: 2015
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

The MISR Review

NOTE TO CONTRIBUTORS The MISR Review welcomes two types of contributions: first, submissions from doctoral students from within the African continent, based on primary research and an original theoretical engagement; second, think pieces from scholars around the world, inviting and initiating a critical discussion on the literature focused on a particular theme. Submissions should be original contributions and not under consideration by any other publication.

Journal Name: The MISR Review
Year: 2016
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

MISR Working Paper No. 27: What is Kenya Becoming: Dealing with Mass Violence in the Rift Valley of Kenya.

This Publication is on sale at MISR Library. Cost: 7,000/= (Seven thousand Ugandan shillings)

Journal Name: MISR Working Papers
Main Author: Simon Esibo Omaada
Year: 2015
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

MISR Working Paper No. 26: Justice and Peace after War: Conceptual Difficulties in the Discourses of Transition and Reform in Post-war Societies.

This Publication is on sale at MISR Library. Cost: 7,000/= (Seven thousand Ugandan shillings)

Journal Name: MISR Working Papers
Main Author: Laury Ocen
Year: 2015
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

MISR Working Paper No. 25: Politics of Indigeneity: Land Restitution in Burundi.

This Publication is on sale at MISR Library. Cost: 7,000/= (Seven thousand Ugandan shillings)

Journal Name: MISR Working Papers
Main Author: Haydee Bangerezako
Year: 2015
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Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)