Short notices on: Evolving Societies 2008; Giuseppe Mazzini and the Globalisation of
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Published in British Academy Review, Issue 12 (January 2009).
Professor Linda Newson FBA, Chairman of the British Academy’s Area Panel for Latin America and the Caribbean, describes how the Academy supports research on – and with – this dynamic part of the world.
From 1998 to 2005, Dr Felicitas Becker conducted hundreds of interviews in Tanzania, both to discover why and how many people had converted to Islam and to investigate why these Muslim congregations have produced Islamic radicals. This edited extract from her book, ‘Becoming Muslim in Mainland Tanzania, 1890–2000’, gives an account of conflicts among Tanzania’s Muslims, in particular the role of Muslim reformists – often referred to as the Ansar – who were highly visible and vocal during her period of research.
At the Annual General Meeting in July 2008, 49 distinguished scholars were elected to be Fellows of the British Academy; and on 22 September, a ceremony was held at the Academy to admit them to the Fellowship. Five of the new Fellows were
invited to speak about their work and its particular value. Professor Iain McLean described the research project which had given him most personal satisfaction and which had demonstrated the ability of scholarship to do good.