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).
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.
Though established by Royal Charter in 1902, the fledgling British Academy had no financial resources beyond the subscriptions of its first Fellows: a bid to the Treasury for ‘assistance from public funds’ was rebuffed in 1904. To remedy the situation, the Secretary of the Academy, Israel Gollancz, turned to a close circle of friends and persuaded them to endow lectures to be given under the auspices of the Academy – thereby increasing its funds and providing it with a valuable opportunity to raise its public profile. In November 2008, Professor Graham Davies FBA gave a lecture to mark the
centenary of the first of these lecture series, the Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology. Here Professor Davies explores the origins of this donation.
Dr Jorge L. Giovannetti held a British Academy Visiting Fellowship at the Caribbean Studies Centre, London Metropolitan University in 2006, and has subsequently completed a history of British Caribbean migrants in Cuba. Here he discusses an archive of correspondence that reveals British Imperial attitudes to race.