Ali A. Mazrui, the postcolonial theorist

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The primary goal of this article is to examine why Ali A. Mazrui is a relatively obscure figure in postcolonial theory despite the outstanding contributions he has made to it. It argues that the explanation can be found in the nature of postcolonial theory itself, and in Mazrui's perceived ideology and cultural identity. The article, then, introduces Mazrui's theory of the triple heritage, his most innovative and, possibly, most enduring contribution to scholarship. It also explains the specificity of Mazrui's brand of postcolonial theory as well as the complexity and breadth of his thinking about Africa in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-152
Number of pages18
JournalAfrican Studies Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • African studies
  • Ali A. Mazrui
  • identity politics
  • postcolonial theory
  • triple heritage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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