Indian-origin Mahmood Mamdani shortlisted for British Academy Book Prize

New York: Mahmood Mamdani, the Mumbai-born Ugandan academic and writer has been shortlisted for the 2021 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding. Mamdani is among the four authors who have been selected for the GBP 25,000 non-fiction prize.

According to a media release by the British Academy, Mahmood Mamdani, 75, has been shortlisted for his book ‘Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities.’ Mamdani describes the study as “an in-depth inquiry into political modernity, colonial and postcolonial, and an exploration of the roots of violence that has plagued postcolonial society.”

Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbai University. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. He is also the Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) in Uganda.

Mahmood Mamdani is married to popular Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair.

In the book ‘Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities’, Mahmood Mamdani has set out a “powerful and original” argument that the nation-state and the colonial state created each other, according to the British Academy.

Others on the shortlist include Sri Lankan-born Cambridge historian Sujit Sivasundaram for ‘Waves across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire’; Scotland-based Cal Flyn for ‘Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape’; Eddie S Glaude Jr for ‘Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Today’.

The winner will be announced on October 26.

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