Islam and Politics in Kenya

Islam and Politics in Kenya

Islam and Politics in Kenya

Islam and Politics in Kenya

Synopsis

This work analyzes the role of Islam in contemporary Kenyan politics and society and the role of Kenya's 5 million Muslims - an increasingly important minority group in a largely Christian country.

Excerpt

The nucleus of the Arab community on the coast of East Africa, from Somalia to Mozambique, came into being even before the advent of Islam. Written evidence to this effect from the second century A. D. indicates that Arab traders would sail from the Arabian Peninsula to the coast of East Africa to trade with local inhabitants. When some of them remained and intermarried with women from local Bantu tribes, the Swahili community was formed. This community adopted . . .

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