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Africa in Movement (2 contributions from MISR)

In their recent volume, Understanding Global Migration, James F . Hollifield and Neil Foley observe that the concept of a “migration state” is an ideal type, reflecting a range of ways in which states grapple with migration. In its original formulation, it referred to the liberal democratic state with policies oriented towards markets and rights.

Journal Name: African Social Research 1
Associated Authors: Balkissa Diallo,Salahadin Ali,Itah Patience Mbethki, Janina Stürner-Siovitz,Lionel Nzamba Nzamba,Nabil Ferdaoussi,Sahra Ahmed Koshin,Richard Houessou, Namhla Matshanda, Carina Tenewaa Kanbi
Main Author: Hisham Aidi, Marc Lynch, and Zachariah Mampilly
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Arbitrary States: social control and modern authoritarianism in Museveni's Uganda by Rebecca Tapscott Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021

How should one read political and historical literature on modern authoritarianism, neopatrimonialism, and state formation in Africa from a Ugandan vantage point? This is the central theoretical question that Rebecca Tapscott asks in this new study on the postcolonial state in Uganda. In eight chapters, Tapscott navigates the ‘micro-dynamics of governance in Uganda’, in which she identifies a variety of modern authoritarianism thought to be peculiar to Museveni's Uganda: ‘institutionalized arbitrariness’.

Journal Name: The Journal of Modern African Studies
Main Author: Adventino Banjwa
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Cambridge University Press

THE MISR Review No.5

Introduction to this Issue

Journal Name: The MISR Review
Associated Authors: Evarist Ngabirano, David Ngendo-Tshimba, Mary Kajumba Muhuruzi, Manuel J. Manu-Osafo, Ammel Sharon,Victoria Openifoluwa Akoleowo
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Land For Development? Neoliberal Restructuring and the Dynamics of Land Reforms in Uganda

The idea and relevance of Compulsory Land Acquisition are central to the claims of many modern states world over. But how should we think of this practice in a post-colonial neoliberal context? This is the question at the heart of the theoretical criticisms and debates regarding Uganda’s Compulsory Land Acquisition Programme. In this debate, the government claims, and affirms, that a law on Compulsory Land Acquisition is needed because the government requires ‘land for development’.

Main Author: Adventino Banjwa
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The State and the Puzzle of Ethnicity: Rethinking Mass Violence in Uganda’s Rwenzori Region

Why does mass violence persist in Africa? Focusing on Uganda’s Rwenzori region where thousands have perished in a century of recurrent fighting between one ethnic group and another and between successive governments and the Bakonzo society, Yahya Sseremba examines how remedies advanced to address violence end up reproducing the institutional logic that drives violence. If the problem started in the early twentieth century when the ethnic groups that were not allocated tribal homelands (Bakonzo and Bamba) questioned the British creation of the

Main Author: Yahya Sseremba
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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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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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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: Andrea Cassatella
Year: 2017
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