Renowned Kenyan scholar Ali Alamin Mazrui passed away Monday morning in Binghamton, New York in the United States.
Prof Mazrui passed away at the age of 81 and family members say he was unwell for a couple of months.
Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri) chairperson Mr Khelef Khalifa said the body of the late Prof Mazrui will be flown to Kenya for burial.
“His nephew, Alamin Mazrui has confirmed that the Professor’s wish was to be buried in Kenya,” he said.
Prof Mazrui was born on February 24, 1933 in Mombasa.
At the time of his death, he was a professor at Binghamton University in New York.
Prof Mazrui is a renowned scholar worldwide having lectured in five continents and wrote 30 books. He once served as Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
He is survived by a wife and six children.
He once served as the first non-president chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture Technology (JKUAT) under the Kibaki regime.
Upon completing his education at Oxford University, Mazrui joined Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda), where he served as head of the Department of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He served at Makerere University until 1973, when he was forced into exile by Idi Amin.
In 1974, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as professor and later was appointed the Director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (1978–1981). In 1989, he was appointed to the faculty of Binghamton University, State University of New York as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS).