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Author:Mazrui, AliISNI
Periodical:Transition: A Journal of the Arts, Culture and Society
Geographic term:Tanzania
Abstract:The author makes a diagnosis of Tanzaphilia. He defines this political phenomenon as the romantic spell which Tanzania casts on so many of those who have been closely associated with her. Tanzaphilia has been particularly marked among Western intellectuals. Part of the mystique that Nyerere has had for Western intellectuals is that he has not really been a politician. The mystique of Nyerere is not simply in his being an intellectual. It is also in his being a gifted and imaginative one. Tanzaphilia touches deep into the aesthetic sensibilities of intellectuals, but it has also been an ideological commitment to the goals of self-reliance and egalitarianism, and as an ideological commitment it delves deep into moral responses. Tanzaphilia is at once an aesthetic experiment and a profound ethical longing. Its durability as a fact of political life depends upon a number of factors. But ultimately it depends upon a continuing compatibility between an intellectual leadership and a popular sense of mission. References; illustration.