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Title:The Bohras of East Africa
Author:Amiji, Hatim M.
Year:1975
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Volume:7
Issue:1
Pages:27-61
Language:English
Geographic terms:East Africa
Kenya
Tanzania
Madagascar
Subjects:Indians
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Isma'ilis
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1594834
Abstract:The Bohras are among the earliest Asian immigrants to East Africa and are found mainly in the larger urban areas as shopkeepers, landlords, craftsmen, artisans and professionals. They belong to the Musta'lian Isma'ili sect of Islam and were converted from several Hindu castes, some eight hundred years ago. Sections: origins of the Bohras - Bohra migration and settlement in East Africa - Religious organization of the Daudi Bohra Community - religious dues - prayers and mosques - festivals and holy days - Bohra customs - secular organization. Conclusion: the community has gradually become more secularized and the religious hierarchy tend to lose control over the secular affairs of the follower, particularly since the independence of the East African states. App., notes.
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