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El-Malik, Shiera S., ed. African Political Thought of the Twentieth Century: A Re-engagement. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016, pp.96, ISBN: 9781138309401.

This book focuses on African political thought as it emerged in the context of and contributed to fundamental changes in world order during the twentieth century, and as it continues to speak to the present global condition. The six chapters form a set of close readings of 20th century African political theorists insofar as their work forms part of a conversation that Africa had with itself and with the rest of the world regarding freedom, independence, emancipation and statehood, as well as forming part of the larger global conversations. The essays analyses the ideas and practices of a number of prominent figures including Frantz Fanon, Leopold Senghor, Amilcar Cabral, Agostinho Neto, Julius Nyerere, Gabriel d'Arboussier, and Sembene Ousmane.

Thurston, Alexander. Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017, pp. 352, ISBN: 9780691172248.

Drawing on sources in Arabic and Hausa, rare documents, propaganda videos, press reports, and interviews with experts in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger, this book sheds light on Boko Haram's development to shows that far from being a simple or static terrorist organization, it has evolved in its worldview and ideology in reaction to events, such as its escalating war with the Nigerian state and civilian vigilantes. The book closely examines both the behavior and beliefs that are the keys to understanding Boko Haram; putting the group's violence in the context of the complex religious and political environment of Nigeria and the Lake Chad region to examine how Boko Haram relates to states, politicians, Salafis, Sufis, Muslim civilians, and Christians. And notwithstanding, the book probes Boko Haram's international connections, including its loose former ties to al-Qaida and its 2015 pledge of allegiance to ISIS. The book works to tell the full story of this West African affiliate of the Islamic State, from its beginnings in the early 2000s to its most infamous violence, including the 2014 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls.

Sims, Angela D. Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016, pp.208, ISBN: 9781602582668.

This book chronicles the history and aftermath of lynching in America and examines the relationship between lynching and the interconnected realities of race, gender, class, and other social fragmentations that ultimately shape a person's--and a community's--religious self-understanding. Through this understanding, the author explores how the narrators reconcile their personal and communal memory of lynching with their lived Christian experience; and unearths the community's truth that this is sometimes a story of words and at other times a story of silence. In revealing the bond between memory and moral formation, the work discovers the courage and hope inherent in the power of recall; and by tending to the words of witnesses, it exposes not only a culture of fear and violence but the practice of story and memory, as well as the narrative of hope within a renewed possibility for justice.

Raiford, Leigh and Heike Raphael-Hernandez, eds. Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2017, pp.392, ISBN: 9780295999579.

This volume explores how visual media-from painting to photography, from global independent cinema to Hollywood movies, from posters and broadsides to digital media, from public art to graphic novels-has shaped diasporic imaginings of the individual and collective self to understand how is the travel of Black people reflected in reciprocal images; how is blackness forged and remade through diasporic visual encounters and reimagined through revisitations with the past; and how do visual technologies structure the way we see African subjects and subjectivity? The first editor is an associate professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the second is a is professor of English at the University of Maryland University College, Europe and a professor of American Studies at the University of Wurzburg, Germany.

Mandri, Flora Gonzalez. Guarding Cultural Memory, Afro-Cuban Women in Literature and the Arts. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2006, pp. 256, ISBN 9780813925257.

This book examines the post-Revolutionary creative endeavors of Afro-Cuban women by taking on the question of how African diaspora cultures practice remembrance to reveal how artists restage the confrontations between modernity and tradition in considering the work of the poet and cultural critic Nancy Morejon, the poet Excilia Saldana, the filmmaker Gloria Rolando, and the artists Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Belkis Ayon who conflate the artistic, the historical, and the personal to produce a transformative image of Black women as a forger of Cuban culture as they redefine autobiography as a creative expression for the convergence of the domestic and the national; by countering the eroticized image of the mulatta in favor of a mythical conception of the female body as a site for the engraving of cultural and national conflicts and resolutions; and by valorizing certain aesthetic and religious traditions in relation to a postmodern artistic sensibility. And furthermore, by placing these artists in their historical context, the author shows how their accomplishments were consistently silenced in official Cuban history and culture and it outlines the strategies through which culturally censored memories survived--and continue to survive--in a Caribbean country purported to have integrated its Hispanic and African peoples and heritages into a Cuban identity.

Knudsen, Eva Rask and Ulla Rahbek, eds. In Search of the Afropolitan: Encounters, Conversations and Contemporary Diasporic African Literature. London, UK: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016, pp.326.

Against the background of an engaging evaluation of the heated debate on Afropolitanism and what constitutes an Afropolitan, this book turn to literature and its capacity to unfold African people as multidimensional through a detailed probing of the Afropolitan in literary narratives, the book enters into conversations about self-understanding and the signification of Africa in the contexts of global mobility. Hence, the book conceives of Afropolitanism as a flexible space of inquiry that curbs the inclination to set the definition of the 'ism' in...

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