The Africans: A Triple Heritage

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The Africans: A Triple Heritage

By Ali A. Mazrui
Little, Brown, 1986
336 pp. $29.95

In this companion volume to the BBC series, the moderator, a distinguished Kenyan scholar, takes on an encyclopedic range of issues in his characteristically brilliant and eclectic style. Given its announced focus on the interplay of traditional Africa, Islam and the West in the continent's heritage, the book's approach perhaps inevitably yields more insights about the past than about the present. Mazrui is candid about his desire for close links between Africa and the Islamic world, but apart from his expressed hope for black Africa's achievement of nuclear weapons, it is difficult to find in this book the provocation for the outraged American response to the series.

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