New Book: Maulana Karenga: An Intellectual Portrait

January 4, 2010 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Maulana Karena Book CoverMaulana Karenga: An Intellectual Portrait by Molefi Kete Asante has recently been published by Polity Books. This is the first monograph to discuss the intellectual ideas of Maulana Karenga, founder of Kwanzaa and Kawaida Theory, in a sustained analytical manner.

His official bio on his website states:

Dr. Maulana Karenga is professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach.  An activist-scholar of national and international recognition, Dr. Karenga has played a significant role in Black intellectual and political culture since the 60’s, especially in such educational and social movements as Black Studies, Black Power, Black Arts, Independent Schools, Afrocentricity, ancient Egyptian studies, Ifa ethical studies, the Million Person Marches, and reparations.

Furthermore, he is chair of Us (The Organization Us), and the National Association of Kawaida Organizations and executive director of the Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies.  He has lectured on the life and struggle of African peoples on the major campuses of the USA and in Africa, the People’s Republic of China, Cuba, Trinidad, Britain and Canada.

Also, he is the creator of the pan-African cultural holiday Kwanzaa and author of numerous scholarly articles and books, including: Introduction to Black Studies; Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture; Kawaida: A Communitarian African Philosophy; Odu Ifa: The Ethical Teachings;Selections From The Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt; and Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt: A Study in Classical African Ethics.

Having earned Ph.D.’s in social ethics (University of Southern California) and in political science (U.S. International University), his fields of teaching and research within Black Studies are: Black Studies theory and history, Africana (continental and diasporan) philosophy; ancient Egyptian (Maatian) ethics; ancient Yoruba (Ifa) ethics; African American intellectual history; ethnic relations and the socio-ethical thought of Malcolm X.  He is currently writing a book on “Malcolm X and the Critique of Domination: An Ethics of Liberation.”

Recent Reviews:

“Asante has given us the first in-depth study of the thought of Maulana Karenga. A major cultural influence in the sixties, Karenga’s Kawaida Philosophy serves as a primary source of Afrocentric thinking today.”
Charles Henry, University of California, Berkeley“In this remarkable study, Professor Asante not only provides an intellectual biography of Karenga, undertaken with rare devotion and deep understanding, but also renders homage to an outstanding scholar whose work, spanning some four decades, has been fundamental in the development of African American cultural awareness in our time.”
F. Abiola Irele, Harvard University

“To have the seminal thinker Molefi Asante writing on the legendary Maulana Karenga is a grand treat! This work is an historic encounter of great significance and contemporary relevance.”
Cornel West, Princeton University


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