Prof Abdul Raufu Mustapha

Associate Professor of African Politics

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Abdul Raufu Mustapha, Associate Professor of African Politics at the department and our much valued and respected colleague, teacher and friend.

Raufu passed away on 8 August 2017 in Oxford, after battling with cancer for several months. Our deepest sympathies are with Kate, Raufu’s wife, their children, Asmau and Seyi, and Raufu’s family in Nigeria.

Raufu was a distinguished and original scholar, whose prolific work on Nigeria will leave an enduring impact in the field of African Studies. He was a fantastic teacher and a source of inspiration to his many doctoral students. He made an enormous contribution to the strength and excellence of our MPhil and DPhil programmes, both of which he helped to shape from their inception. He was incredibly supportive and encouraging of younger scholars. Most of all, Raufu was generous, warm, kind, big-hearted and always wise and fair. We celebrate the lasting mark he left on the department and shall cherish his memory with great affection and admiration.

We have set up an online book of condolences so that those who knew Raufu can leave a message or memory.

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Research
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Understanding radicalisation: informing Nigerian policy towards Boko Haram
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Nigeria Research Network
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Political settlements analysis of inclusive growth in Africa
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Sharia implementation in northern Nigeria after 15 years
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Raufu Mustapha teaches on the core courses in Development Studies, History and Politics and Research Methods for the MPhil in Development Studies, for which he also offers options in Rural Societies and Politics and the History and Politics of West Africa.

Research Students supervised

Olanshile Akintola
Research Student
Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy
Research Student
Akin Iwilade
Research Student

Books and monographs

Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (ed) (2014) 'Sects & Social Disorder Muslim Identities & Conflict in Northern Nigeria', James Currey
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (with L Whitfield) (eds) (2009) 'Turning Points in African Democracy', Oxford: James Currey
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (with A Adebajo) (eds) (2008) 'Gulliver's Troubles: Nigeria's Foreign Policy After the Cold War', Scottsville: University of Kwazulu-Natal Press

Journal articles and special issues

Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2012) 'Introduction: The 'Missing' Concept: What is the 'Public Sphere' Good for?', African Development 36(4)
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2012) 'The Public Sphere in 21st Century Africa: Broadening the Horizons of Democratization', African Development 36(4)
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2011) 'Zimbabwean Farmers in Nigeria: Exceptional Farmers or Spectacular Support?', African Affairs 110(441) 535-61
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2009) 'Institutionalising Ethnic Representation: How Effective is Affirmative Action in Nigeria?', Journal of International Development 21 1-16
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2006) 'Rethinking Africanist Political Science', CODESRIA Bulletin 3&4 3-9
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2005) 'The State of Scholarship and the Future of Learning in Nigeria', Humanitas 6(2) 157-79
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2003) 'Intra-State Challenges to the Nation-State Project in Africa', CODESRIA Bulletin 3&4 26-34
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2003) 'Colonialism and Environmental Perception in Northern Nigeria', Oxford Development Studies 31(4) 405-25
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (1999) 'The Nigerian Transition: Third Time Lucky or More of the Same?', Review of African Political Economy Sheffield: 26(80) 277-91
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (1997) 'The May 17th 1997 Parliamentary Elections in Cameroon', Electoral Studies 16(4) 563-7

Chapters

Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2012) 'The Pro-Democracy Movement and Poverty in Nigeria'. In B Beckman, Y Z Ya'u (eds) Organising for Democracy: Nigerian and Comparative Experiences , Stockholm University
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2011) 'Seeking Representativeness: Affirmative Action in Nigeria and South Africa Compared'. In V FitzGerald, J Heyer, R Thorp (eds) Overcoming the Persistence of Inequality and Poverty , Basingstoke: Plagrave Macmillan
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (with L Whitfield) (2009) 'African Democratisation: The Journey So Far'. In A Mustapha, L Whitfield (eds) Turning Points in African Democracy , Oxford: James Currey
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2009) 'Nigeria Since 1999: A Revolving Door Syndrome or the Consolidation of Democracy'. In A Mustapha, L Whitfield (eds) Turning Points in African Democracy , Oxford: James Currey
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (with L Whitfield) (2009) 'The Politics of African States in the Era of Democratisation'. In A Mustapha, L Whitfield (eds) Turning Points in African Democracy , Oxford: James Currey
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2009) 'The Three Faces of Nigeria's Foreign Policy: Nationhood, Identity and External Relations'. In A Adebajo, A Mustapha (eds) Gulliver's Troubles: Nigeria's Foreign Policy After the Cold War , Scottsville: University of Kwazulu-Natal Press
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2009) 'Challenges for Nigeria's Foreign Policy in the post-Cold War Era'. In A Adebajo, A Mustapha (eds) Gulliver's Troubles: Nigeria's Foreign Policy After the Cold War , Scottsville: University of Kwazulu-Natal Press
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2004) 'Ethnicity and the Politics of Democratisation in Nigeria'. B Berman, D Eyoh and W Kymlicka (eds), Ethnicity and Democracy in Africa pp 257-275 , Ohio University Press; James Currey
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2002) 'Coping with Diversity: The Nigerian State in Historical Perspective'. In A I Samatar, A I Samatar (eds) The African State: Reconsiderations , Portsmouth: Heinemann
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2002) 'Ethnicity and Democratization in Nigeria'. In B Berman, D Eyoh, W Kymlicka (eds) Ethnicity and Democracy in Africa , Oxford: James Currey
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2001) 'The Survival Ethic and the Development of Tourism in Nigeria'. In K Ghimire (ed) The Native Tourist: Mass Tourism Within Developing Countries , London: Earthscan
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2001) 'Civil Rights and Pro-democracy Groups In and Outside Nigeria'. In Amuwo, Bach, Lebeau (eds) Nigeria During the Abacha Years (1993-1998): The Domestic and International Politics of Democratization , Ibadan: IFRA/CEAN
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2000) 'The Politics of Economic Reforms: Implications for Institutions and Poverty in the Rural African Setting'. In K J Hanevik, E Sandstrom (eds) The Institutional Context of Poverty Eradication in Rural Africa , Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2000) 'Transformation of Minority Identities in Post-Colonial Nigeria'. In A Jega (ed) Identity Transformation and Identity Politics Under Structural Adjustment in Nigeria , Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (1999) 'Back to the Future? Multi-Ethnicity and the State in Africa'. In L Basta, J Ibrahim (eds) Federalism and Decentralization in Africa: The Multicultural Challenge , Fribourg: Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (1998) 'Peasant Social Structure, Politics and Democracy in Nigeria'. In M Manoranjan, PN Mukherji, O Tornqvist (eds) People's Rights: Social Movement and the State in the Third World , New Delhi: Sage
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (1998) 'When will Independence End? Democratization and Civil Society in Rural Africa'. In L Rudebeck, O Tornquist, V Rojas (eds) Democratization in the Third World pp 222-34 , Macmillan
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (1998) 'Identity Boundaries, Ethnicity and National Integration in Nigeria'. In O Nnoli (ed) Ethnic Conflicts in Africa , Dakar: CODESRIA Books
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (1997) 'Ethnicity and Democratisation in Nigeria: A Case Study of Zangon Kataf'. In J Ibrahim (ed) Expanding Democratic Space in Nigeria , Dakar: CODESRIA
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (with K Meagher) (1997) 'Not by Farming Alone: The Role of Non-Farm Incomes in Rural Hausaland'. In D Bryceson, V Jamal (eds) Farewell to Farms: De-Agrarianization and Employment in Africa , Aldershot: Ashgate
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (1996) 'Agriculture, Rural and Informal Sector Activities Under SAP'. In A Fadahunsi, T Babawale (eds) Nigeria Beyond Structural Adjustment: Towards a Popular Democratic Development Alternative , Lagos: Friedrich Ebert Foundation

Reports

Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2009) 'Peace and State Building in Africa: Regime Types, Political Institutions, Leadership Styles and Civic Engagement', African Development Bank Research Report Tunis: African Development Bank
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (2006) 'Ethnic Structure, Inequality and Governance in the Public Sector in Nigeria', Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Programme Paper United Nations Research Institute for Social Development 24
Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (with K Meagher) (2000) 'Agrarian Production, Public Policy and the State in the Kano Region: 1900-2000', Kano-Maradi Study of Long-Term Change Drylands Research, Crewkerne, Somerset

Working papers

Mustapha, Abdul Raufu (1999) 'Cocoa Farming and Income Diversification in South-western Nigeria', ASC Working Paper Leiden: Afrika-Studiecentrum 42/1999
09 August, 2017
Professor Abdul Raufu Mustapha 1954-2017
19 March, 2015
New Book - Sects & Social Disorder: Muslim Identities & Conflict in Northern Nigeria edited by Raufu Mustapha
14 May, 2014
Raufu Mustapha Interviewed on Radio 4 on Boko Haram Kidnapping
07 May, 2014
ODID Co-Organises 3rd Annual Seminar on Advancing Good Governance in International Development
20 January, 2014
New Nigeria Research Network Policy Brief
Research interests:

Rural politics; ethnicity and identity politics; the military and democratisation