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Sakah Saidu Mahmud


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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.

Professor Mahmud has previously taught at the University of Colorado at Denver; University of Denver; Teikyo Loreto Heights University, Denver; Metropolitan State University of Denver and Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, in the United States of America. He joined Kwara State University in 2009 as the pioneer Head of the Department of Political Science. He also served as the Provost of the College of Humanities, Management, and Social Sciences. He was appointed the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) in 2017, and the Acting Vice-Chancellor and CEO Kwara State University, Malete from July 2019 to March 2020. He joined the American University of Nigeria as a Professor of Political Science and International Studies in September 2020.


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


Book Chapters


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)


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