Renowned Kenyan Scholar Dies In NY

Oct 13, 2014

The world is mourning the death in Broome County of a prominent African scholar who had ties to New York's State University system.

Renowned Kenyan scholar Ali Alamin Mazrui passed away Monday morning in Binghamton, New York.
Credit youtube / KTN Kenya

Kenyan-born Professor Ali Mazrui died early Monday morning - the 81-year-old was an academic and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations, as well as professor and director of the Center for Global Cultural Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton.

Mazrui is best-known in America for his 1986 PBS BBC Documentary series "The Africans: A Triple Heritage."

A cause of death has not been released;  arrangements are being made to return Mazrui's body to Kenya for burial Saturday at his family's graveyard in Mombasa.