Thursday, September 22, 2016

Kitabu kipya 'Tishio la Ukombozi' kwa ajili ya kumbukumbu ya miaka 20 tokea kufariki kwa Mwanamapinduzi Abdulrahman Babu

Daraja Press announces the publication of Tishio la Ukombozi: Ubeberu na Mapinduzi Zanzibar by Amrit Wilson to mark the birthday of the Zanzibari visionary revolutionary and pan-Africanist, Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu, leader of the Umma Party of Zanzibar, twenty years after he passed away in 1996.
Tishio la Ukombozi examines the role of the Umma Party of Zanzibar and its leader in the turbulent years of the Zanzibar revolution of the 1960s that was perceived in those Cold War years as a threat to the interests of the US and Europe. 
Based on declassified US and British documents, in-depth interviews and information released by WikiLeaks, Amrit Wilson offers an insightful and compelling analysis of the struggle against neo-colonialism as it played out in Zanzibar and what is now Tanzania. 
She introduces the reader to the movement that built unity across ethnic divisions and could have brought about the revolutionary transformation of Zanzibar and beyond. The book considers the contemporary relevance of such struggles in the context of the ‘War on Terror’ in East Africa.
“Amrit Wilson has tapped a wide range of sources to tell a story of Zanzibar in modern times. As interesting as the narrative she puts together is the vantage point from which she tells it. This book deserves a wide audience.” Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University, and Director, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Kampala, Uganda
The complete book may be viewed free online at
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The book will be available shortly in Tanzania.
For further information, contact
Amrit Wilson: +44 07846873341. Email:
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Amrit Wilson is the author of Dreams, Questions, Struggles: South Asian Women in Britain (Pluto, 2006), The Challenge Road: Women in the Eritrean Revolution (1991) and US Foreign Policy and Revolution: the creation of Tanzania (Pluto, 1989), The Threat of Liberation

Imperialism and Revolution in Zanzibar (Pluto 2013) and the co-editor of The Future that Works: Selected writings of A. M. Babu (2002).
PUBLICATION DATE: September 22, 2016
ISBN (PRINT): 978-0-9952223-2-8;  E-BOOK ISBN: 978-0-9952223-3-5
Originally published in English by Pluto Press as The Threat of Liberation (978-0745334-0-73), Tishio La Ukombozi has been translated by Ahmada Shafi Adam.
Keywords: Zanzibar, Revolution, Africa, Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu, Tanzania, Swahili, Cold War, CIA, Colonialism, Ethnic conflict
Tishio La Ukombozi © Copyright 2016 Amrit Wilson.

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