Book Reviews

Sharia or Shura: Contending Approaches to Muslim Politics in Nigeria and Senegal, by Sakah Saidu Mahmud

“Mahmud’s Sharia or Shura makes an interesting read for anyone interested in learning about some of the factors that explain the differences in approaches to Muslim politics in northern Nigeria and Senegal.”







Youth and Revolution in Tunisia, by Alcinda Honwana

“In her book Youth and Revolution in Tunisia, author Alcinda Honwana rightly reminds us that the phenomenon of the “Arab Spring”—or as she refers to it, the “African Awakening”—was intimately connected to a globalized trend…”







The Globalization Paradox: Why Global Markets, States, and Democracy Can't Coexist, by Dani Rodrik

“As the world continues to experience the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, new and multiple forms of geo-economic and geo-political power, and unprecedented aftershocks in the Euro zone and complex global transformations…”





Peacebuilding in the African Union: Law, Philosophy and Practice, by Abou Jeng

“Despite its encounters with the international community in the past five centuries, Africa’s socioeconomic, legal, and political development remains a source of grave concern for many observers and scholars…”




I Did It to Save My Life: Love and Survival in Sierra Leone, by Catherine E. Bolten

“Sierra Leone’s was a complicated war. One of the first post-Cold War conflicts, and seemingly one of the more intractable and bizarre, there is still no consensus explanation for what happened in Sierra Leone and neighboring Liberia throughout the 1990s…”


Achebe's Acts of Memory

“The brouhaha over Chinua Achebe’s There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, as throngs who hadn't read the book stood up to vociferously vilify or champion it, represented a grave disservice to a book that is extraordinarily important, a carefully calibrated document that is at once a great labor of love and yet, in one or two respects, also flawed…”