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African Mathematics

Author : Abdul Karim Bangura
ISBN : 9780761853480
Genre : Education
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This comprehensive text on African Mathematics addresses some of the problematic issues in the field, such as attitudes, curriculum development, educational change, academic achievement, standardized and other tests, performance factors, student characteristics, cross-cultural differences and studies, literacy, native speakers, social class and differences, equal education, teaching methods, and more.

Fractal Complexity In The Works Of Major Black Thinkers

Author : Abdul Karim Bangura
ISBN : 1621315304
Genre : Fiction
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The second book in the "Fractal Complexity" series continues its in-depth review of the works of major African and Black thinkers from the continent and the diaspora. Using a pluridisciplinary approach that combines linguistic presupposition and fractal analysis, the book examines the many levels of meaning and similarity of pattern in literary texts studied for mathematical modeling, thereby enriching both of the contributing fields of study. The book covers a diverse range of topics with insight and outstanding scholarship. Whether exploring the roles of Christianity and Islam, the contributions of Marcus Garvey and Toussaint L'Ouverture, or concepts such as a pax Africana and the underdevelopment of Africa, the material addresses the implicit assumptions on which the truth of any statement hangs. Each chapter includes an introduction to help contextualize the selection, a review of relevant literature, analysis of the reading, a conclusion, and a complete list of references and sources. "Fractal Complexity in the Works of Major Black Thinkers, Volume Two" can be used in upper-division and graduate level courses in political science, socio-linguistics, and public policy analysis. Abdul Karim Bangura holds Ph.D.s in political science, development economics, linguistics, computer science, and mathematics. Dr. Bangura is a professor of research methodology and political science at Howard University, and a researcher-in-residence at the Center for Global Peace in the School of International Service at American University. The author of 70 books and over 600 scholarly articles, Dr. Bangura won the prestigious 2012 Cecil B. Curry Book Award for African Mathematics: From Bones to Computers.

The Black Intellectual Renaissance

Author : Abdul Karim Bangura
ISBN : 1580464866
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If African scholarship was dominated by Wilmot Blyden in the nineteenth century and by W. E. B. Du Bois and Cheikh Anta Diop in the first half of the twentieth century, Toyin Falola has dominated it since the 1980s, such that his legacy will remain with us for decades to come. His writings now influence policies and politics, research, and teaching at the high school and university levels, including the creation of national syllabi in various countries. Set in the context of African Studies since 1960, The Black Intellectual Renaissance examines the contributions of Falola to the field, providing readers with theoretical and methodological approaches to understand his significance and legacy. Abdul Karim Bangura teaches Research Methodology and Political Science at Howard University. He is also Researcher-in-residence of Abrahamic Connections and Islamic Peace Studies at the Center for Global Peace in the School of International Service at American University. His book African Mathematics: From Bones to Computers won the Cecil B. Curry Book Award for 2012.

Fragments Of Bone

Author : Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
ISBN : 0252029682
Genre : Religion
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The bones of Pierre Toussaint, the first proposed African-American Catholic saint, were disinterred and spread around in the New World. In his introduction, Patrick Bellegarde-Smith suggests the same is true of the religious practices that peoples of African descent and victims of the Atlantic slave trade brought with them. Fragments of Bone examines the evolution of these religions as they have been adapted and re-contextualized in various New World environments. The essays in Fragments of Bone discuss African religions as forms of resistance and survival in the face of Western cultural hegemony and imperialism. The collection is unique in presenting the voices of scholars primarily outside of the Western tradition, speaking on the issues they, as practitioners, regard as important. Bellegarde-Smith, himself a priest in the Haitian Vodou religion, brings together thirteen contributors from different disciplines, genders, and nationalities. The authors address the creolized African religions beginning with their evolution from Nigeria and Benin to New Orleans, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, and Guyana. The more familiar neo-African religions of Vodou and Santeria are also discussed, as are the less well-known religious practices of Kongo-Angolan martial arts, Candomble, Lukumi, and Palomonte. Fragments of Bone draws on an impressive range of sources including research, fieldwork, personal interviews, and spiritual introspection. Examining the theology, cosmology, rituals and their sociopolitical contexts, the authors demonstrate that the African ethos behind these religions remains true to the original theological beliefs of the ancestral practices. Bellegarde-Smith's provocative thesis claims that fragments of the ancestral traditions are fluidly interwoven in the New World African religions as creolized rituals, symbolic systems, and cultural identities. Today, African diasporic religions have become embedded in key social and political institutions. Fragments of Bone is an indispensable resource for scholars of the African and Afro-Caribbean diaspora, or anyone interested in religion, anthropology or African-American studies.

African Centered Research Methodologies

Author : Abdul Karim Bangura
ISBN : 160927086X
Genre : Social Science
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After almost three centuries of employing Western research methodologies, many African communities, both on the continent and throughout the world, remain marginalized in contemporary discourse. It is obvious that these Western methodologies have done relatively little good for Africans. To rectify this oversight and bring these African communities to the fore, a shift in perspective is needed, and this book posits the adoption of alternative, African-centered research methodologies as a solution. Employing such methodologies would enable African communities to define their unique identities from their unique perspectives and would help offer a long-overdue challenge to entrenched European paradigms of Africans as the other. To enable readers to apply a methodology systematically in investigating a phenomenon of interest to him/her, chapters in African-Centered Research Methodologies include: - An introduction to the method discussed - A definition of the method - The sub-areas of the method - A brief history and brief backgrounds of the pioneers of the method - Major research questions investigated by the method - Major concepts and/or theories of the method - Major research topics covered by the method - Types of methodological approaches employed - Major academic journals and publications that publish works utilizing the method - A sample of outstanding scholarly works that have employed the method - A conclusion Abdul Karim Bangura is Professor of Research Methodology and Political Science at Howard University and Researcher-in-Residence of Abrahamic Connections and Islamic Peace Studies at the Center for Global Peace in the School of International Service at American University. He holds a PhD in Political Science, a PhD in Development Economics, a PhD in Linguistics, a PhD in Computer Science, and a PhD in Mathematics. He is the author and editor/contributor of 63 books and more than 500 scholarly articles. He was president and United Nations Ambassador of the Association of Third World Studies, and Dr. Bangura is a member of many other scholarly and civic organizations. The winner of many teaching and other scholarly and community service awards, he is fluent in about a dozen African and six European languages, and is studying to strengthen his proficiency in Arabic, Hebrew, and hieroglyphics."

Computer Graphics

Author : Patricia A. Egerton
ISBN : UOM:39015040169693
Genre : Computers
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Computer Graphics - First Mathematical Steps will help students to master basic Computer Graphics and the mathematical concepts which underlie this subject. They will be led to develop their own skills, and appreciate Computer Graphics techniques in both two and three dimensions. The presentation of the text is methodical, systematic and gently paced - everything translates into numbers and simple ideas. Sometimes students experience difficulty in understanding some of the mathematics in standard Computer Graphics books; this book can serve as a good introduction to more advanced texts. It starts from first principles and is sympathetically written for those with a limited mathematical background. Computer Graphics - First Mathematical Steps is suitable for supporting undergraduate programmes in Computers and also the newer areas of Computer Graphics and Visualization. It is appropriate for post-graduate conversion courses which develop expertise in Computer Graphics and CAD. It can also be used for enrichment topics for high-flying pre-college students, and for refresher/enhancement courses for computer graphics technicians.

Applied Geometry And Discrete Mathematics

Author : Peter Gritzmann
ISBN : 0821870831
Genre : Mathematics
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This volume, published jointly with the Association for Computing Machinery, comprises a collection of research articles celebrating the occasion of Victor Klee's 65th birthday in September 1990. During his long career, Klee has made contributions to a wide variety of areas, such as discrete and computational geometry, convexity, combinatorics, graph theory, functional analysis, mathematical programming and optimization, and theoretical computer science. In addition, Klee made important contributions to mathematics, education, mathematical methods in economics and the decision sciences, applications of discrete mathematics in the biological and social sciences, and the transfer of knowledge from applied mathematics to industry. In honour of Klee's achievements, this volume presents more than 40 papers on topics related to Klee's research. While the majority of the papers are research articles, a number of survey articles are also included. Mirroring the breadth of Klee's mathematical contributions, this book shows how different branches of mathematics interact. It is a fitting tribute to one of the leading figures in discrete mathematics.

Ebonics Is Good

Author : Abdul Karim Bangura
ISBN : 1609279018
Genre : Political Science
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Ebonics Is Good is a humble response to the clarion call by Mwalimu Carter G. Woodson, Mwalimu Frantz Fanon, and Mwalimu Malcolm X, among others, to address our African language question. As all of these great Africans and others have shown throughout history, it behooves us to counter the assumption of the ill-informed that Ebonics is bad by demonstrating that it is a GOOD language and worthy of respect.

Dancing On Our Bones

Author : Trevor Lawson Richards
ISBN : 9781877242007
Genre : Anti-apartheid movements
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A Fire In The Bones

Author : Albert J. Raboteau
ISBN : 0807009334
Genre : History
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Traces the history of the African American religious experience and shows how the active faith of African Americans empowered the struggle for social justice throughout history

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