Mahmood Mamdani Nominated as one of World's Top Thinkers

From the nomination: 'Why do so many nation states struggle to accommodate minorities? Mahmood Mamdani argues in Neither Settler Nor Native that the colonial “define and rule” attitude towards ethnic or religious minorities lives on in postcolonial states. Such politicisation of identity (you could even call it identity politics) often leads to extreme violence. Mamdani includes the US as a settler-colonial nation due to its treatment of Native Americans, who still do not have full constitutional protections. Some hope, Mamdani thinks, lies in the post-apartheid South African model.'

Editor's note:

UK-based Prospect Magazine has named Mahmood Mamdani, the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, to its list of the world's top 50 thinkers. The story about this year's nominees can be found in the July 13 edition of Prospect..

July 15, 2021