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Islamic fundamentalism

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Politics.

A disputed term, widely used in the US and to a lesser extent in Britain to denote any movement to favour strict observance of the teachings of the Qur'an and the Shari'a (Islamic Law). On...

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Paul Kagame

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Politics.

(b. Ruhango, Rwanda, Oct. 1957)

Rwandan; President 2000–  Kagame and his parents fled from Rwanda to Uganda in 1960 as Hutu violence against Tutsis erupted in the years before the...

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Seewoosagur Ramgoolam

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Politics.

(b. Belle Rive, 18 Sept. 1900; d. Port Louis, 15 Dec. 1985)

Mauritian; leader of the Mauritius Labour Party (MLP) 1958–82; Prime Minister 1968–82; Kt 1965 Born into a poor Hindu...

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Siaka Probyn Stevens

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Politics.

1905–1988 Prime minister and president of Sierra Leone from 1971 to 1985, and a major force in Sierra Leone politics for almost forty years.

Siaka Stevens was educated at Albert ...

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Sobhuza II

Overview page. Subjects: Politics — African Studies.

(b. Zombodze, 22 July 1899; d. Mbabane, 21 Aug. 1982)

Swazi; King of the Swazi 1921–82, King of Swaziland 1968–82 Sobhuza was recognized as King of the Swazi nation soon after his...

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Southern African Development Community

Overview page. Subjects: Politics — African Studies.

Group of southern African nations promoting economic growth and development and economic interdependence.

During the 1960s a sense of common purpose developed among the countries...

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