n African Renaissance - Comments on : Helmi Sharawy's "Arab-African relations : from liberation to globalisation" and B.F. Bankie's : "Arab slavery of Africans in the Afro-Arab borderlands" : comments

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


It is not often that one gets the opportunity to weigh in on an emerging experience that has been the lot of humans across the sands of time, an experience that is occupying the thoughts of eminent Africans. The African-Arab intercourse is deep and long; it has been forged and framed over the years on different planes of human interaction. However, as in all forged frames, especially when not properly designed, petty cracks and patchy shades are not uncommon. Left untreated, they become gaping holes and unsightly smudges. At no other time in history is it more appropriate to broach the often-ignored subject of African-Arab cohabitation in Africa. The Darfur debacle has deepened the cracks and darkened the shades. Again, many commentators and policy makers are ignoring it, hoping that it would go away.

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