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The MISR Review No.4

In this issue, we emulate the model we initiated in The MISR Review, no. 3. The bulk of the issue is a set of three lectures on a single theme; each lecture is followed by a set of comments, one or two. The lectures were organized around a single theme, Palestine as a Question, given by Raef Zreik from Tel Aviv University. The three lectures were titled: 1. Formation; 2. Justice; and 3. Decolonisation. We saw the lecture series as a way of introducing a debate on two critical questions: Israel/Palestine, and decolonisation.

Journal Name: MISR Review
Associated Authors: Raef Zreik, Lisa Damon, Oluwatosin Samuel Orimolade, Noura Erakat, Yosef Sintayehu Jemberie, Mbasughun Ukpi, Mohamed Amer Meziane
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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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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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The MISR Review No.2

This issue marks a step in that long journey. The bulk of the issue draws on chapters from doctoral thesis successfully defended over the past year. Haydee Bangerezako’ essay, Indirect Writing and the Construction of Burundi’s History, analyzes history writing in the era of colonial indirect rule. Because it borrowed its categories and conceptions from the colonial project, Bangerezako dubs this genre of writing ‘indirect history.’ The essay focuses on the narratives produced by African chiefs reinterpreting the past within the colonial epistemological framework.

Journal Name: MISR Review
Associated Authors: Haydee Bangerezako, Yonas Ashine, Lisa Damon, Joseph Kasule, Lyn Ossome, Samson A. Bezabeh, Mahmood Mamdani
Year: 2018
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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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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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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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MISR Annual Report, 2015


Main Author: MISR
Year: 2015
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The MISR Review No.1

Begun in 2012, the doctoral program in Social Studies at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) is driven by the conviction that key to research is formulating the problem of research. Given that our objective was to transform MISR from a consultancy into a research unit, we summed up the difference in a sentence: in a consultancy, the client defines the question; in a research unit, the question is the prerogative and responsibility of the researcher.

Associated Authors: Akoko Akech, Haydee Bangerezako, Simon Omaada Esibo, Mahmood Mamdani, Laury L. Ocen
Year: 2016
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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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