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Abdul Karim Bangura

Abdul Karim Bangura
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Coropoverty describes the fear, agitation, panic, and anxiety of loss of wellbeing due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is a concept that defines the fears that stem from the outbreak of COVID-2019 and the likely impact on the livelihoods of people, and concerns that COVID-2019 will increase vulnerability to poverty. The chapter analyzed the poverty...
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This chapter places emphasis on the importance of women’s lives in the narrative of the Black Lives versus All Lives Matter debate. The chapter, which considers gender-based violence (GBV) in Africa, argues that social issues like violence against women are a global menace that defies racial, cultural, religious, and socio-economic boundaries becau...
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This chapter addressed the complex causes of Africa’s contemporary crises, by examining Western political exploitation and subjugation in Africa and their counter-effects, Situating the debate from a political perspective, the chapter argues that all human lives matter and none should be sacrificed for another.
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This chapter by Abdul Karim Bangura concerns the challenge to the conventional conceptualization of Pan-Africanism, which is as follows: “the idea that peoples of African descent have common interests and should be unified. Historically, Pan-Africanism has often taken the shape of a political or cultural movement. There are many varieties of Pan-Af...
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Abdul Karim Bangura in this chapter begins by pointing out that almost half a century ago, Cheikh Anta Diop rang an alarm bell which was ignored. The consequence of the failure to respond to his red flag, Bangura asserts, is evident in our major African linguistic peril today: the consequences of accelerated language deaths (i.e. when communities s...
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Abdul Karim Bangura in this chapter makes the case that it is not farfetched to assert that one area globalization (i.e. the process of going to a more interconnected world by diminishing the world’s social dimension and expansion of overall global consciousness) which has affected Africa’s socioeconomic and political development the most has to do...
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Entailed here is the opening explanation of the book. It begins with the origins of the idea to write the book and its impetus. Next, it discusses rationale for employing a multidisciplinary approach to comprehend the multiplex nature of globalization as it pertains to Africa and Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora. It ends with descripti...
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Employing Africancentric Methodology (i.e., the systematic inquiry of knowledge as a commonality of cultural traits among the diverse peoples of Africa which characterize and constitute a worldly perspective that is somehow distinct from that of the foreign world views that have influenced African peoples), this chapter aims to fill a major gap in...
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“In this powerful, must-read book, Setiloane and Bangura have assembled a masterpiece that focuses on the understated consequences of globalization ranging from social media changing the landscape of in-person communication to the accelerated deaths of African languages. It also focuses on globalization’s insidious impact on infant mortality—a pref...
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This book is an outgrowth of the inaugural session of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) College of Mentors Institute convened at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 20 April, 2017. The authors of the book comprise the resource persons and 49 very competitively selected doctoral candidates from acro...
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This book is an outgrowth of the inaugural session of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) College of Mentors Institute convened at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 20 April, 2017. The authors of the book comprise the resource persons and 49 very competitively selected doctoral candidates from acro...
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Using a qualitative explanatory case study approach, this chapter develops a communication theory of Ujamaa (i.e., the African notion of “extended family” or “familyhood”) based on the communicative theoretical postulates and praxes of the philosophy. While previous ideological or philosophical studies on Ujamaa can be said to include a communicati...
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This chapter develops a full-fledged Consciencist Communication Theory, thereby expanding the epistemology on Nkrumahism: that is, a revolutionary and Pan-Africanist ideology deeply and firmly entrenched in African culture and history. According to its originator, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, Consciencism is “a philosophical statement … born out of a cr...
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This paper is an attempt to provide a structural systematic analysis that teases out linguistic features in Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. Specifically, the work employs the mathematical concept of Fractal Dimension and Complexity Theory to explore the idea of spectrum progressing from more orderly to less orderly or to pure disorder...
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The purpose of this essay is to provide a content analysis of the 316 articles in the CODESRIA Bulletin , from the first edition in 2003 to the 2015 edition (numbers 1 & 2). The essay was precipitated by the serendipitous finding that most of the authors writing on related topics for the journal, which is the leading publication of the Council for...
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While there are five important festschriften on Toyin Falola and his work, this book fulfills the need for a single-authored volume that can be useful as a textbook. I develop clearly articulated rubrics and overarching concepts as the foundational basis for analyzing Falola's work.
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Terrorism and “Islamic Terrorism”: The Definition Debate Abdul Karim Bangura Introduction That the overwhelming message in the Holy Qur’an is about peace to be found through faith in Allah (SWT) and justice among fellow humans is hardly a matter of dispute. The following are examples of the tenets in the Qur’an which forbid all forms of attacks on...
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The African Roots and Transnational Nature of Islam Abdul Karim Bangura Introduction Most works dealing with Islam and Africa trace the roots of their connection to the first Hijra when two groups totaling more than 100 Muslims fled persecution in Mecca and arrived in the Kingdom of Axiom (modern-day Ethiopia) in 614 and 615 AD, respectively. A fe...
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Any understanding of Toyin Falola is incomplete without talking about his engagement with the new Internet facilities, their various forms, and the creative uses to which he has put them to share knowledge, empower a new generation of Africans, and create complex intellectual and political networks. First, at the most practical level, he is deeply...
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In his work titled Nationalism and African Intellectuals, 1 Toyin Falola postulates a number of axioms (i.e., statements or propositions that are considered to be established, accepted, or self-evidently true) for migrations and movements of African intellectuals which suggest the ancient Egyptian behsâupehsa, or predator—prey, phenomenon: that is,...
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In A Mouth Sweeter than Salt: An African Memoir, Toyin Falola depicts his experiences growing up in Ibadan, Nigeria, the second largest city in Africa. Weaving together personal, historical, and communal tales, along with political and cultural commentary on the era immediately preceding and following Nigeria’s independence, Falola provides a uniqu...
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One of the most challenging theological issues of our time is how to account for the great number and diversity of world religions. Yet it is also one of the most troubling social issues confronting humanity, for disputes and disagreements over religious beliefs have been and continue to be sources of conflict around the world. As noted theologian...
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Anyone interested in more details on the theoretical tenets upon which the discussion in this chapter is grounded can consult five of my books on the subject.1 The chapter entails a pragmatic2 analysis of Toyin Falola’s oríkì (praise poem/attributive epithet) Isola within a linguistic framework.3 By delineating the pragmatic features of the poem, i...
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A careful examination of Falola’s writings makes it possible to delineate at least the following three themes within which his treatment of Pan-Africanism can be sensibly subsumed: (1) Edward Wilmot Blyden’s ideas of Pan-Africanism and their circulation; (2) the grounding of Pan-Africanism among Africans in the United States and the United Kingdom...
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In his work titled Nationalism and African Intellectuals,1 Toyin Falola postulates a number of axioms (i.e., statements or propositions that are considered to be established, accepted, or self-evidently true) for migrations and movements of African intellectuals which suggest the ancient Egyptian behsâupehsa, or predator—prey, phenomenon: that is,...
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None of Toyin Falola’s extensive writings seem to have been cited by as many diverse academic disciplines as The Power of African Cultures.1 The book has been cited in the fields of political science, gender studies, business management, language studies, agricultural economics, history, literature, education, and religion.2 Also noteworthy is the...
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This chapter presents evidence of paradigms in Toyin Falola’s work that deal with peace in the continent as part of his contribution to African thinkers’ efforts to bring to light the many African peace and conflict resolution paradigms that Africans can draw on to resolve conflicts. The failure of Westerners and their approaches to resolve conflic...
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The African-centered conceptualizations in Toyin Falola’s work are important because most of the concepts used in works dealing with Africa or African issues, as I have argued elsewhere, employ Eurocentric concepts that often do not capture the essence of the phenomena discussed. Calling a thing by its precise name is the beginning of understanding...
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I must begin by stating here that the theoretical postulates upon which the discussion in this chapter is grounded can be found in my articles titled “Ubuntugogy: An African Educational Paradigm That Transcends Pedagogy, Andragogy, Ergonagy, and Heutagogy” and “Pedagogy and Foreign Language Teaching in the United States: Andragogy to the Rescue.”1...
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The purpose here is to provide an interpretive overview of Toyin Falola and his work. As I have tried to argue, he presents history in the way the academy defines it and then moves beyond it in making culture the very core of his analysis and the way he connects scholarship to the practical politics of advancing the black agenda of development and...
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Toyin Falola was born on January 1, 1953, in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria, to James Adesina Falola and Nihinlola Grace Falola. His father was a tailor, and mother a trader. He is married to Olabisi Falola, formerly a computer programmer and now a family practitioner, and they have three children: Dolapo, Bisola, and Toyin.1
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Purpose – After almost three centuries of employing western educational approaches, many African societies are still characterized by low western literacy rates, civil conflicts, and underdevelopment. It is obvious that these western educational paradigms, which are not indigenous to Africans, have done relatively little good for Africans. Thus, th...
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In his work dealing with nationalism and African intellectuals, Toyin Falola postulates a number of axioms which suggest the ancient Egyptian behsâu-pehsa phenomenon: i.e. the supposition that there are two interacting species that interact as predator and prey. In its simplified version, the predator population only preys on this prey species, the...
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That Africa was the center of Mathematics history for tens of thousands of years is hardly a matter of dispute. From the civilizations across the continent emerged contributions which would enrich both ancient and modern understanding of nature through Mathematics. Yet, today, scholars and other professionals working in the field of Mathematics Edu...
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ICC at the Hague was created to indict crimes against humanity and war crimes. Among those investigated were a Liberian leader, the President of Sudan, and Kenyan candidates involved in two Dynastic elections (2007 and 2013). The Kenyan elections were Dynastic because the leading candidates were sons of previous and deceased Kenyan leaders. Because...
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The article examines a mathematical exploration of fractal complexity among the axioms on the African State in the Journal of Third World Studies from John Mukum Mbaku to Pade Badru. Consequently, the concept of state should be an open one which will continue to be redefined as our knowledge of the phenomenon increases and as new problems emerge to...
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The seeds of strife in present-day Africa are related to the lingering ideologies and institutions that were sown during colonialism and continue to ruin the progress of the continent under imperialism with exacerbated effects. Despite the dire consequences, the philosophies and ideologies of the imperial powers have continued to dominate and thriv...
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Abdul Karim Bangura presents a diegetic analysis of the scholarly works of six ATWs/ASRF women. Peyi Soyinka-Airewele is Associate Professor of Politics at Ithaca College in New York. Soyinka-Airewele took her BS (First Class Honors) and MS both in International Relations from the University of Ife in Nigeria and her PhD in International Studies fr...
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In line with the mantra of almost everyone who has written about Côte d’Ivoire’s, the story of the country goes as follows: with its close ties to Western nations when it gained independence from France in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export, and foreign investment, Côte d’Ivoire’s emerged as one of the most prosperous countries an...
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That the history of “international terrorism” is as old as humans’ willingness to employ violence to affect politics and has been traced back to the Sicarii, who were a first-century Jewish group that murdered enemies and collaborators in their campaign to oust their Roman rulers from Judea, is now well known to many students of International Relat...
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African countries have been trying hard to become economically stable and free through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of 2000. The AGOA is a legislation that was authorized by the US Congress in May of 2000 to assist the economies of Sub-Saharan Africa and to improve economic relations between the US and the region. Advocates of the...
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Locating Sierra Leone’s structural dilemmas within a Rawlsian framework of justice, this essay examines the nation’s future prospects for peace according to the strengths of its judiciary. Does the judiciary possess the resources needed to effectively administer justice? How independent is the judiciary when adjudicating? Moreover, does the judicia...
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After almost three centuries of employing Western educational approaches, many African societies are still characterized by low Western literacy rates, civil conflicts and underdevelopment. It is obvious that these Western educational paradigms, which are not indigenous to Africans, have done relatively little good for Africans. Thus, I argue in th...
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Employing a quantitative methodological approach, this essay tests whether or not there is a statistical relationship between the number of Africans migrating into the United States, and the number of those who become naturalized American citizens. The exercise was prompted by a desire to test for the tenability of either one of the following two h...
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ECONOMICS AND DEVELOPMENT Ray Bush. Economic Crisis and the Politics of Reform in Egypt. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1999. xv + 184 pp. Tables. Figures. References. Index. $55.00. Cloth. Economic Crisis and the Politics of Reform in Egypt is simply dazzling. In this book, Ray Bush provides us with an innovative approach for looking at the econo...
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Africa Today 47.2 (2000) 200-201 Peter Lewis presents a collection of classic essays on African economic and political development, along with works on emerging issues on the continent. The readings focus mainly on broader comparative themes. Lewis admits that the selections reflect his own biases, derived mainly from the traditions of historical s...
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Examined in this paper is the hypothesis that there is a relationship between multilingualism and economic well-being in Africa. A statistical analysis of the empirical evidence seems to suggest that the hypothesis is tenable, though the relationship between multilingualism and economic well-being may not be a causal one.
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This paper is about assisting teachers to identify and help to change and retain deviant students. The major focus is on the instruction and training of teachers on how alcohol and drugs affect a person's body and behavior, and the effective methods for helping to change that behavior. In order to accomplish this objective, the paper is divided int...
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This paper discusses the use of Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores and other elements affecting institutional accountability in the University of Maryland system. It asserts that SAT scores in and of themselves are not accurate predictors of retention and success. The publication of SAT scores of first-time, full-time freshmen clearly is as no...
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This paper contends that the survey research approach is limited for generating substantive data to improve college teaching, because it is impersonal, lacks opportunities for probing, suppresses the idea of discourse by offering fixed-choice and yes-no questions, disregards respondents' social and personal contexts of meaning, and is dependent on...
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Abdul Karim Bangura is a professor of International Relations and Islamic Peace Studies and a researcher-in-residence at the Center for Global Peace in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, a Ph.D. in Development Economics, a Ph.D. in Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Computer...
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The purpose of this essay is to discuss the linguistic connections between African languages and African Language Varieties (ALVs) in the African Diaspora. The name ALVs is a cover term employed in this essay to refer to a continuum of varieties whose features (depending on which end of the continuum one considers) may be very similar to or very di...
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With the rise of globalization, education has become increasingly important throughout the world. It is through education that most children develop vital social and mental skills that help them later in life to become successful in the working world. The way a country runs its affairs and how it relates to other countries are based largely on how...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--Georgetown University, 1992. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 244-256).
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This is an authorized facsimile, made from the microfilm master copy of original dissertation or master thesis published by UMI. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1994. Includes bibliographical references (p. 218-259) Facsim.
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Typescript. Thesis (M.A.)--American University, 1982. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 127-137). Photocopy.
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This paper is about assisting teachers to identify and help to change and retain deviant students. The major focus is on the instruction and training of teachers on how alcohol and drugs affect a person's body and behavior, and the effective methods for helping to change that behavior. In order to accomplish this objective, the paper is divided int...
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As ironical as it may seem, most of what I know today about African history I learned in the West, and the opportunities availed to me to travel back and forth to conduct research in Africa were made possible by living in the United States. Yet, as I have demonstrated in a relatively recent work (Bangura, 2005), after almost three centuries of empl...
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This essay examines the tenuous state of the Mano River Union (MRU) and suggests how Eclustering can be employed to reinvigorate the association. The MRU is a regional association established between Liberia and Sierra Leone in 1973. Guinea joined the association in 1980. The goal of the Union was to foster economic cooperation among the three neig...

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