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Title:A place at the table: the political integration of Muslims in Kenya
Author:Bakari, MohamedISNI
Periodical:Islamic Africa (ISSN 2154-0993)
Geographic term:Kenya
Abstract:Kenyan Muslims are well integrated within the Kenyan political system. This process of political integration gained momentum when President Daniel Arap Moi regained power after the aborted military coup attempt by the Kenya Air Force in August 1982. His increasingly authoritarian rule faced a challenge from the younger generation of politicians who began to question his legitimacy because of the loss of basic democratic rights through mass demonstrations and civil disobedience. A new generation of Muslim politicians and activists joined the fray. This new Muslim leadership was the product of social transformations that were ushered in by new educational opportunities that presented themselves immediately after Kenya gained independence. Muslims were able to be integrated gradually within the political system through social mobility and pragmatic policies of Jomo Kenyatta and later through the politics of cronyism and co-option under Moi. This article pays special attention to the role of the Islamic Party of Kenya, the Kikuyu-Muslim alliance in exile, the decline of the Supreme Council of the Kenya Muslims and the rise of the Muslim Consultative Council, Muslims and the politics of constitution making, and the rise of the Muslim technocrat as spokesman. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]