Professor Mahmud is in his second session at the American University of Nigeria, Yola coming from the Kwara State University, Malete where he last served as the Acting Vice-Chancellor.
His academic activities and interest (research and teaching) have focused on issues of African development in international and comparative perspectives. On the topic he published, State, Class and Underdevelopment in Nigeria and Early Meiji Japan, London, and New York: Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, 1996. Other topics of interest include Democratization and Human Rights on which he has published a specialized monograph, Can the Nigerian Democracy Succeed? Other publications on human rights, democracy, and development have appeared in refereed journals such as Human Rights Quarterly, and Africa Today. His other publications include “Islamism in Northern Nigeria,” in the African Studies Review, and a book chapter “The Search for Meaning in Islam: Between Violence and Nonviolence,” in the Choice Award-Winning book, Democracy, and Religion: Free Exercise and Diverse Visions. He also contributed to an international book project, Borders of Islam: Huntington and His Critics, which evaluated Professor S. P. Huntington’s thesis on “Clash of Civilizations.” Finally, he published Sharia and Shura: Contending Approaches to Muslim Politics in Nigeria and Senegal (2013). He has conducted field research in France, Senegal. South Africa and Turkey.
Professor Mahmud’s publications have been widely cited by other scholars worldwide with many of the publications used as course materials in such top universities as Columbia University, Pennsylvania University, University of California, San Diego, and the University of Toronto.
Major academic honors and awards he received include the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Visiting Scholar, University of Chicago (2002), a full-year Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship on religious conflict and peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA (2003-2004); and the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award Transylvania University, (2003). He was a keynote speaker at the African Students Annual Conference, Institute for Social Studies (ISS), at The Hague, The Netherlands (October 2006).
Comparative Politics/Comparative Political Economy
International Relations and Globalization
Political Science Research Methods/Political Inquiry
1CP 101 (SEC1): Introduction to Comparative Politics
ICP 101 (SEC II): Introduction to Comparative Politics
ICP 205 Contemporary African Politics
ICP 490 Senior Research Project
2017 Democracy in Nigeria at the Crossroads: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Inaugural Lecture, 22 November. Kwara State University Press. ISBN: 978-978-54870-3-9
2013 Sharia or Shura: Contending Approaches to Muslim Politics in Nigeria and Senegal, Lanham, MD 20706 USA: Lexington Books: A division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ISBN: 978-0-7391-7564-4
1998 Can the Nigerian Democracy Succeed? For The Phelps Stocks Fund, 10 East 87th Street, New York, 10128
1996 State, Class and Underdevelopment in Nigeria and Early Meiji Japan, London: Macmillan Press, Ltd; and New York: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN: 0-312-15932-3
2009 “Islamist Activism and Religious Conflicts in Nigeria: A ‘Clash of Civilizations?” in The Borders of Islam: Exploring Samuel Huntington’s Faultlines, From Al-Andalus to the Virtual Ummah, (an International collaboration edited by Stig J. Hansen, Tuncay Karadas and Atle Mesoy, Hurst/Columbia University Press, pp. 115-126.
2004 “The Search for Meaning in Islam: Between Violence and Non-violence,” in Democracy and Religion: Free Exercise and Diverse Visions, (A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2005), ed. David W. Odell-Scott, Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, pp. 115-138.
2002 “Controlling African State’s Behavior: International Relations Theory and International Sanctions against Libya and Nigeria,” in Africa’s Challenge to International Relations Theory, edited by Kevin Dunn and Timothy Shaw, London: Palgrave, pp. 129-145.
1994 “Democratization and the Political Dimension of Adjustment in Africa,” in Economic Justice in Africa: Adjustment and the Right to Development, edited by George W. Shepherd and Karamo Sonko, Greenwood Press, pp. 137-154.
Articles in Referred Journals
2018 Rashidat Adamu Oyoru, Mahmud, Sakah and Samuel Otohinoyi, “Assessment of Women Participation in Politics: Study of some selective Local Governments in Kwara State,” Gombe Journal of Administration and Management (GJAM), Vol. 1, no. 1 (November): 48-61
2007-present Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, (CODESRIA)
1985-present African Studies Association (ASA)
1993-present International Studies Association (ISA)
1992-Date American Political Science Association (APSA)
1986-2003 Association of Asian Studies (AAS)