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Title:The penetration of Islam among the Bukusu of Bungoma district, Kenya
Author:Nasambu, Kassilly JanetISNI
Periodical:Maseno University Faculty of Arts and Social Science journal
Geographic term:Kenya
Abstract:The article examines the penetration of Islam among the Bukusu of Bungoma district, Kenya. The persistence of Islam among a predominantly rural people coupled with stiff competition from Christianity and resistance by the indigenous religion provoked this research. Thus, the paper aims at investigating the factors that facilitated and those that hindered the penetration of Islam among the Bukusu. The enquiry is guided by the theoretical framework of 'Islamization' developed by Bunger (1972). The methodology employed to collect data consisted of qualitative techniques for primary data and document analysis for secondary data. Qualitative techniques included the interview guide for oral interviews, group discussions and observation methods. The data collected was analysed qualitatively and from the analysis, conclusions were drawn The study recommends that Bukusu Muslims should seek more knowledge on Islam so as to purify the religion on the ideals of Islam as stipulated in the Holy Koran. Similarly, Muslims, Christians and Indigenous religionists should learn to co-exist harmoniously with each other based on the Love-ethic taught by all religions. [Journal abstract]