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  1. Abdi, Cawo M. 2015. Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and a Borderles  Muslim Identity. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press. 298 pp.
  2. Allo, Awol, ed. 2015. The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance: Reflections of the Legacy of the Rivonia Trial. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company. 348 pp.
  3. Baadj, Amar S. 2015. Saladin, the Almohads and the Banu Ghaniya: The Contest for North Africa (12th and 13th centuries). Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers. 250 pp.
  4. Ball, Jeremy. 2015. Angola’s Colossal Lie: Forced Labor on a Sugar Plantation, 1913-1977. Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers. 199 pp.
  5. Berger, Iris, Tricia Redeker Hepner, Benjamin N. Lawrence, Joanna T. Tague and Meredith Terretta, eds. 2015. African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights.  Athens: Ohio University Press. 272 pp.
  6. Beurden, Sarah Van. 2016. Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture. Athens: Ohio University Press. 372 pp.
  7. Black, David R. 2015. Canada and Africa in the New Millennium: The Politics of Consistent Inconsistency. Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 310 pp.
  8. Boje, John. 2015. An Imperfect Occupation: Enduring the South African War. Urbana, Chicago and Springfield: University of Illinois Press. 243 pp.
  9. Casciarri, Barbara, Munzoul A.M. Assal and François Ireton (eds.). 2015. Multidimensional Change in Sudan (1989–2011): Reshaping Livelihoods, Conflicts and Identities. New York: Berghahn. 374 pp.
  10. Chandarlapaty, Raj. 2015. Re-creating Paul Bowles, the Other, and the Imagination: Music Film and Photography. Lanham and London: Lexington Books. 191 pp.
  11. Cleveland, Todd. 2015. Diamonds in the Rough: Corporate Paternalism and African Professionalism on the Mines of Colonial Angola, 1917-1975. Athens: Ohio University Press. 305 pp.
  12. Collins, John. 2015. Fela: Kalakuta Notes. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press. 326 pp.
  13. Covington-Ward, Yolanda. 2016. Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 287 pp.
  14. Derefaka, Abi Alabo, et al., eds. 2015.The Vile Trade: Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. 348 pp.
  15. Dipio, Dominica. 2014. Gender Terrains in African Cinema. Pretoria: University of South Africa Press. 227 pp.
  16. Ephirim-Donkor, Anthony. 2015. The Making of an African King: Patrilineal and Matrilineal Struggle among the Awutu (Effutu) of Ghana. Lanham: University Press of America, Inc. 275 pp.
  17. Ephirim-Donkor, Anthony. 2016. African Personality and Spirituality: The Role of Abosom and Human Essence. Lanham: Lexington Books. 195 pp.
  18. Falola, Toyin and Wanjala S. Nasong’o, eds. 2016. Genderinf African Social Spaces: Women, Power, and Cultural Expressions. Durham: Carolina Academic Press.  304 pp.
  19. Faszer-McMahon, Debra and Victoria L. Ketz, eds. 2015. African Immigrants in Contemporary Spanish Texts: Crossing the Strait. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 282 pp.
  20. Fischer, Eberhard. 2015. Dan Artists: The Sculptors Tame, Si, Tompieme and Sõn. Their Personalities and Work. Zurich: Scheidegger & Spies. 144 pp.
  21. Fields-Black, Edda L. 2015. Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 277 pp.
  22. Fontein, Joost. 2015. Remaking Mutirikwi: Landscape, Water and Belonging in Southern Zimbabwe. Suffolk: James Currey. 340 pp
  23. Garman, Anthea. 2015. Antjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public Sphere: Speaking Poetry to Power. Pietermaritzburg: KwaZulu-Natal Press. 204 pp.
  24. Gomez-Rivas, Camilo. 2015. Law and Islamization of Morocco under the Almoravids: The Fatwas of Ibn Rushd al-Jadd to the Far Maghrib. Leiden and Boston: Brill. 207 pp.
  25. Graham, Matthew. 2015. The Crisis of South African Foreign Policy: Diplomacy, Leadership and the Role of the African National Congress. London and New York: I.B Tauris. 292 pp.
  26. Hackett, Rosalind I. J. and Benjamin F. Soares, eds.  2015. New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 316 pp.
  27. Hargrove, Jarvis L. 2015. The Political Economy of the Interior Gold Coast: The Asante and the Era of Legitimate Trading, 1807-1875. Lanham: Lexington Books. 215 pp.
  28. Havnevik, Kjell, Terje Oestigaard and Eva Tobisson. 2016. Framing African Development: Challenging Concepts. Leiden: Brill. 203 pp.
  29. Hill, Shannen L. 2015. Biko’s Ghost: The Iconography of Black Consciousness.  Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press. 394 pp.
  30. Hirson, Denis, ed. 2015. In the Heat of Shadows: South African Poetry 1996-2013. Grahamstown, South Africa: Deep South. 279 pp.
  31. Hunt, Nancy Rose. 2016. A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo. Durham: Duke University Press. 353 pp.
  32. Hunter, Emma. 2015. Political Thought and the Public Sphere in Tanzania: Freedom, Democracy and Citizenship in the Era of Decolonization. New York: Cambridge University Press. 259 pp.
  33. Huttenbach, Laura Lee P. 2015. The Boy is Gone: Conversations with a Mau Mau General. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. 256 pp.
  34. Iyioha, Irehobhude O. and Remigus N. Nwabueze, eds. 2015. Comparative Health Law and Policy: Critical Perspectives on Nigerian and Global Health Law. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 336 pp.
  35. Joseph, James A. 2015. Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from Private Virtues to Public Values. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 299 pp.
  36. Kimemia, Douglas. 2016. Africa’s Social Cleavages and Democratization: Colonial, Postcolonial, and Multiparty Era. Lanham: Lexington Books. 388 pp.
  37. Kjerland, Kirsten Alsaker and Bjorn Enge Bertelsen (eds). 2015. Navigating Colonial Orders: Norwegian Entrepreneurship in Africa and Oceania. Berghahn Books: New York and Oxford. 395 pp.
  38. Kominko, Maja, ed. 2015. From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers. 759 pp.
  39. Koopman, Adrian. 2015. Zulu Plant Names. Pietermaritzburg: KwaZulu-Natal Press. 324 pp.
  40. Lee, Christopher J. 2016. Franz Fanon: Towards a Revolutionary Humanism. Athens: Ohio University Press. 233 pp.
  41. Leichtman, Mara A. 2015. Shi’i Cosmopolitanism in Africa: Lebanese Migration and Religious Conversation in Senegal. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 294 pp.
  42. Lo, Mbaye and Muhammed Haron, eds. 2016. Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.  302 pp.
  43. Longair, Sarah. 2015. Cracks in the Dome: Fractured Histories of Empire in the Zanzibar Museum, 1897-1964. Burlington VT: Ashgate Publishing Company
  44. Lorway, Robert. 2015. Namibia’s Rainbow Project: Gay Rights in an African Nation. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 155 pp.
  45. Lovesey, Oliver. 2015. The Postcolonial Intellectual: Ngũgĩ wa Thion’go in Context. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 236 pp.
  46. Makhulu, Anne-Maria. 2015. Making Freedom: Apartheid, Squatter Politics, and the Struggle for Home. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 228 pp.
  47. Margaretten, Emily. 2015. Street Life Under a Roof: Youth Homelessness in South Africa. Urbana, Chicago and Springfield: University of Illinois Press. 213 pp.
  48. Mills, Kurt. 2015. International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africa: Responsibility to Protect, Prosecute and Palliate. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 302 pp.
  49.  Mitton, Kieran. 2015. Rebels in a Rotten State: Understanding Atrocity in Sierra Leone. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. 346 pp.
  50.  Muehlenbeck, Philip. 2016. Czechoslovakia in Africa, 1945-1968. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.  271 pp.
  51. Musila, Grace A. 2015. A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour: Kenya, Britain and the Julie Ward Murder. Suffolk and Rochester: James Currey. 216 pp.
  52.  Nustad, Knut G. 2015. Creating Africas: Struggles Over Nature, Conservation and Land.  London: Hurst and Co. 192 pp.
  53. Obadare, Ebenezer and Wale Adebanwi, eds. 2016. Governance and the Crisis of Rule in Contemporary Africa: Leadership in Transformation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 310 pp.
  54. Oladejo, Mutiat Titilope. 2016. Ibadan Market Women and Politics, 1900-1995. Lanham: Lexington Books. 182 pp.
  55. Olsen, William C. and Walter E. A. van Beek. 2015. Evil in Africa: Encounters with the Everyday. Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press. 392 pp.
  56. Osofisan, Femi. 2016. The Muse of Anomy: Essays on Literature and the Humanities in Nigeria. Durham: Caroline Academic Press.  297 pp.
  57. Pavlakis, Dean. 2015. British Humanitarianism and the Congo Reform Movement, 1896-1913. Farnham and Burlington, VT; Ashgate Publshers. 308 pp.
  58. Pearce. Justin. 2016. Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola, 1975-2002.  New York: Cambridge University Press. 184 pp.
  59. Rabaka, Reiland.  2015. The Negritude Movement: W.E.B. Du Bois, Leon Damas, Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor, Frantz Fanon, and the Evolution of an Insurgent Idea. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 533 pp.
  60. Riggan, Jennifer. 2016. The Struggling State: Nationalism, Mass Militarization, and the Education of Eritrea. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 243 pp.
  61. Robbe, Ksenia. 2015. Conservation of Motherhood: South African Women’s Writing Across Traditions. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. 317 pp.
  62.  Rucker, Walter C. 2015. Gold Coast Diasporas: Identity, Culture and Power. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 326 pp.
  63.  Schauert, Paul. 2015. Staging Ghana: Artistry and Nationalism in State Dance Ensembles. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 342 pp.
  64.  Shanguhyia, Martin S. 2015. Population, Tradition, and Environmental Control in Colonial Kenya. Rochester: University of Rochester Press. 323 pp.
  65. Shutt, Allison K. 2015 Manners Make a Nation: Racial Etiquette in Southern Rhodesia, 1910-1963. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. 245 pp.
  66. Skinner, Kate. 2015. The Fruits of Freedom in British Togoland: Literacy, Politics and Nationalism, 1914-2014. New York: Cambridge University Press. 298 pp.
  67. Skinner, Ryan Thomas. 2015. Bamako Sounds: The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press. 233 pp.
  68. Snedegar, Keith. 2015. Mission, Science and Race in South Africa: A. W. Roberts of Lovedale, 1883-1938. Lanham and London: Lexington Books. 189 pp.
  69. Sommers, Marc. 2015. The Outcast Majority: War, Development and Youth in Africa. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press. 249 pp.
  70. Tabensky, Pedro and Sally Matthews (eds.). 2015. Being at Home: Race, Institutional Culture and Trnsformation at South African Higher Education Institutions. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. 322 pp.
  71. Takada, Akira. 2015. Narratives on San Ethnicity: The Cultural and Ecological Foundations of Lifeworld among the !Xun of North-Central Namibia. Melbourne: Trans-Pacific Press. 216 pp.
  72. Thiong’o, Ngugi wa. 2016. Securing the Base: Making Africa Visible in the Globe. Calcutta: Seagull Books. 130 pp.
  73. Tsika, Noah A. 2015. Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 348 pp.
  74. Twagilimana, Aimable. 2016. Historical Dictionary of Rwanda; Second Edition. Lanham & Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield. 310 pp.
  75. Urban-Mead, Wendy. 2015. The Gender of Piety: Family, Faith and Colonial Rule in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. Athens: Ohio University Press. 324 pp.
  76. Vahed, Goolam and Thembisa Waetjen. 2015. Schooling Muslims in Natal: Identity, State and the Orient Islamic Educational Institute. Pietermaritzburg: KwaZulu-Natal Press. 457 pp.
  77. Vigneswaran, Darshan and Joel Quirk, eds. 2015. Mobility Makes States: Migration and Power in Africa. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 303 pp.
  78. Whittaker, Hannah. 2015. Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Kenya: A Social History of the Shifta Conflict, c.1963-1968. Leiden: Brill. 180 pp.
  79. Williams, Elizabeth M. 2015. The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa: Black British Solidarity and the Anti-Apartheid Struggle. London and New York: I.B Tauris. 316 pp.