The International Journal of African Historical Studies

The International Journal of African Historical Studies is a scholarly journal devoted to the study of African history. Articles in The International Journal of African Historical Studies focus on historical research and historical analysis, in addition to extensive book reviews.

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 3, 2012

Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade
Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade. By Gabrielle Hecht. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. Pp. xx, 451; maps, photographs, appendix, publication history, notes, bibliography, index. $29.95/£20.95 cloth.In 2003, false claims of Iraqi uranium...
Forced Villagization during the Shifta Conflict in Kenya, Ca. 1963-1968*
IntroductionIn June 1966, the Kenyan government adopted a policy of forced villagization in the former Northern Frontier District (NFD), a region that covered an area of approximately 102,000 square miles, about half of Kenya's total landmass. In 1962,...
Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexualities, and the Law
Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexualities, and the Law. Edited by Margot Badran. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. Pp. 304; glossary, contributors, index. $60.00.In an age when anti-Islamic sentiment is on the rise and Muslim women...
Human Rights and African Airwaves: Mediating Equality on the Chichewa Radio
Human Rights and African Airwaves: Mediating Equality on the Chichewa Radio. By Harri Englund. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 201 1 . Pp. 294. $70/£52 cloth, $24.95/£16.99 paper, $20.95/£14.99 E-Book."Let their money take them...
Intellectual Discourse in the Sokoto Caliphate: The Triumvirate's Opinions on the Issue of Ransoming, Ca. 1810*
"The Shehu was the sun ... his younger brother was the moon . . . and Bello is their legatee."1Nana Asma'u, "Sonnore Abdullahi"Introduction"Islamic intellectual history," wrote David Gutelius, "is frequently written as if intellectuals were somehow separate...
Living the End of Empire: Politics and Society in Late Colonial Zambia
Living the End of Empire: Politics and Society in Late Colonial Zambia. Edited by Jan-Bart Gewald, Marja Hinfelaar, and Giacomo Macola. AfrikaStudiencentrum Series, vol. 21. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Pp xii, 333; photographs, bibliography, index. $60.00 paper.Living...
Maji Maji: Lifting the Fog of War
Maji Maji: Lifting The Fog of War. Edited by James Giblin and Jamie Monson. African Social Studies Series. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010. Pp. xii, 325; maps, photographs, index. $107.00.This excellent collection is a culmination of over a decade of...
Oral History, Community, and Displacement: Imagining Memories in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Oral History, Community, and Displacement: Imagining Memories in Post-Apartheid South Africa. By Sean Field. Palgrave Studies in Oral History. New York: Palgrave, 2012. Pp. xvi, 221. $85.00.Sean Field raises provocative questions regarding the collection...
Poverty, War, and Violence in South Africa
Poverty, War, and Violence in South Africa. By Clifton Crais. New York: Cambridge University Press, 201 1 . Pp. 190. $90.00 cloth, $26.95 paper.This book tackles Colin Bundy's much challenged yet much repeated 1970s thesis that after nineteenth-century...
Power and State Formation in West Africa: Appolonia from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century
Power and State Formation in West Africa: Appolonia From the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century. By Pierluigi Valsecchi. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Pp. xii, 317; illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. $95.00.Relying heavily on the Dutch...
Race and Slavery in the Middle East: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Mediterranean
Race and Slavery in the Middle East: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Mediterranean. Edited by Terence Walz and Kenneth M. Cuno. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2010. Pp. xiv, 264;...
The Cambridge History of South Africa: Volume 2, 1885-1994
The Cambridge History of South Africa: Volume 2, 1885-1994. Edited by Robert Ross, Anne Kelk Mager, and Bill Nasson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 201 1 . Pp. xi, 724; appendix, bibliography, index. $165.00.During the heady days of the South...
The Changing Functions of Traditional Dance in Zulu Society: 1830-Present
Introduction: The Historical Relevance of African Dance, and the Changing Functions of Zulu Dance through TimeSince the study of African history formally began over four decades ago, African dance has been largely overlooked as a means of better understanding...
The Formation of the Sudanese Mahdist State: Ceremony and Symbols of Authority: 1882-1898
The Formation of the Sudanese Mahdist State: Ceremony and Symbols of Authority: 1882-1898. By Kim Searcy. Islam in Africa. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Pp. vii, 165; map, photographs, bibliography, index. $126.00.The Sudanese Mahdiyya (1882-1898) has long been...
"The History and Affairs of TANU": Intellectual History, Nationalism, and the Postcolonial State in Tanzania*
Colonial Africa's intellectual history once attracted little attention. In so far as Africa was understood to have an intellectual history, it was conceived as one that arrived late and (almost) fully formed from Europe and America.1 Yet in recent years...
"They Promised That the Game Fences Would Be Torn Down": Nationalist Politics and Contested Control of Natural Resources in Southeastern Zimbabwe, 1960s-1970s*
IntroductionJoshua Nkomo was a prominent nationalist leader of Zimbabwe's anti-colonial struggle. In the period from 1964 to 1974, he gained widespread support in Chilotlela, Seng we, a remote corner of southeastern Zimbabwe. Scholars have traditionally...
Western Sahara: The Refugee Nation
Western Sahara: The Refugee Nation. By Pablo San Martin. Iberian and Latin American Studies. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2010. Pp. xiv, 226; map, photographs, bibliography, index. $35.00 paper.The history of the Western Sahara conflict, having...
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