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Title:Islam in Kenya: proceedings of the national seminar on contemporary Islam in Kenya
Editors:Bakari, MohamedISNI
Yahya, SaadISNI
City of publisher:Mombasa
Publisher:Mewa Publications
Geographic term:Kenya
Islamic studies
Islamic education
conference papers (form)
Abstract:Archaeological evidence suggests that Islam reached Kenya in the 8th century. Besides an Introduction by Mohamed Bakari this book, the proceedings of the National Seminar on Islam in Kenya held in Mombasa in April 1994, contains twenty-five essays on various aspects of Islam in the country. The first section looks at the Muslim community and contains essays by Shirin R. Walji on the Ismailis, Islam in Nyanza Province by Ahmed Salim Said, conversion among the Kikuyu by S. Ikua Kariuki, the Islamization of the interior by Yusuf A. Nzibo, Asian Muslims by Mohamed Bakari, demographic aspects by Ngeta Kabiri and Somali irredentism by Joseph Makokha. The second section about perceptions of Muslims in the wider society is made up of essays by Joe S.M. Kadhi on the coverage of Islamic news, Katama Mkangi on perceptions of Islam among the Mijikenda and N.M. Kahumbi on Christian-Muslim relations. The third part examines intellectual and cultural traditions, looking into Islam and Swahili culture by M.H. Abdulaziz, the impact of Hadrami scholarship by A.A. Ahmed, ulama by Mohamed Bakari and Muslim pastoralists by Sultan Somjee. The fourth part examines economic aspects of Islam such as poverty alleviation by Ahmed Abdallah, wakf by Saad S. Yahya and Muslim NGOs by Hassan A. Mwakimako. The fifth section deals with social change with contributions discussing Muslims and political change by Mohamed Bakari, sharia between 1895-1990 by Kuria Mwangi and the Muslim population of northern Kenya (Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir and Garissa districts) by Yakub O. Ibrahim. The final section is devoted to education and contains contributions from Ahmed bin Sumeit Khitamy on the influence of the Riyadah Mosque College, should there be an Islamic University in Kenya by Mohamed Hyder, primary education in Coast Province by Khalfan A. Mazrui, Muslim female education by Rayya Abdallah Issa and the madrassa system in Kenya by N. Maina Kahumbi. [ASC Leiden abstract]