The minority status of Islam in East Africa: A historico-sociological perspective

This paper on Islam in East Africa, where Muslims are still a minority, focuses on its impact and status in Kenya, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Islam made few inroads in this part of Africa before the 1870s. What were then the factors that accelerated the unprecedented expansion of Islam in East Africa...

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Published in:Journal
Main Author: Azevedo, Mario
Contributors: Prater, Gwendolyn (Other)
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: 1991
In:Journal
Year: 1991, Volume: 12, Issue: 2, Pages: 482-497
Further subjects:B Religious identity
B Islam
B Theory
B Minority
B Africa
B Population group
B History
B Kenya Tanzania Mosambik
B Colonization
B Africa Islam Religiöse Bevölkerungsgruppe Minority Kolonisation (Kolonialpolitik) History Theory
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Summary:This paper on Islam in East Africa, where Muslims are still a minority, focuses on its impact and status in Kenya, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Islam made few inroads in this part of Africa before the 1870s. What were then the factors that accelerated the unprecedented expansion of Islam in East Africa during the last part of the 19th century and more recently? Several theories have been advanced to explain this Islamic paradigm on the East coast, such as the adaptability and tolerance of African traditional religion, the flexibility of Islam, and the colonial equation. The most significant factor for change was the activity of the newly introduced participatory Islamic brotherhoods, particularly the Qadirrya. (Documentatieblad/ASC Leiden)
ISSN:0266-6952
Contains:In: Maʿhad Šu'ūn al-Aqallīyāt al-Muslima (Dschidda), Journal