Professor Ali Mazrui Speaks on "Islam in Africa's Experience"

February 23, 2012
Professor Ali Mazrui shaking hands with participants.

Dr. Ali Mazrui, a scholar of African and Islamic Studies spoke to Columbus professionals at the “Islam in Africa’s Experience: Expansion, Revival & Radicalization” luncheon on February 23, 2012.  Dr. Mazrui, a professor at Binghamton University,  was named in the top 100 public intellectuals alive in 2005 by Foreign Policy journal and the British Journal - Prospect.  He described the long history of Islam in Africa, dating back to the time of the Prophet when Muslims fled religious persecution in the Arabian Peninsula and sought refuge in Ethiopia. He provided insight into issues ranging from Boko Haram in Nigeria, religious tolerance in Senegal, the situation in Somalia and Muslim radicalism.  He pointed to the West for creating the resentment that fuels radical Muslims, but noted that “only a minority are prepared to use violence.” He closed with optimistic remarks about the future of Christianity and Islam and their harmonious roles in government and society.