Islam in Uganda
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270 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Religion in Transforming Africa

Series Vol. Number: 11

Imprint: James Currey

Islam in Uganda

The Muslim Minority, Nationalism & Political Power

by Joseph Kasule

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Between 2012 and 2016 several Muslim clerics were murdered in Uganda: there is no consensus on who is responsible. In this book Joseph Kasule seeks to explain this by examining the colonial and postcolonial history of the Muslim minority and questions of Muslim identity within a non-Muslim state. Challenging prevalent academic scholarship that has homogenized Muslims' political identity, Kazulu demonstrates that their responses to power have been varied and multiple. Beginning with the pre-colonial political community in Buganda, and Mutesa I's attempted Islamization of the country using Islam as a centralizing ideology, the author discusses how the political status of Islam and Muslims in Uganda has been defined under successive regimes. From the mid-19th century Muslims have lived under non-Muslim rule, and Kasule discusses how the colonial state defined the Muslim question as one of representation, and laid the foundation for a politics of Muslim containment within a predominantly Christian state. Muslim responses have varied, with the emergence of urban-based Muslim organizations juxtaposed with rural expressions of Islam; tension between representative claims of Muslim leaderships within the demand for Muslim autonomy; and the rise of new reform groups. As these splits turned violent "new" Muslim "publics" emerged around different centres of Muslim power, as factions sought different resolutions to their minority situation.

Joseph Kazule is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Kampala.
1. Introduction
2. Islam in Pre-Colonial Buganda
3. Muslim Communities in the Colonial Era
4. Milton Obote Founds his Muslim Alliance
5. Idi Amin Attempts to Islamize the State
6. Islamic Reform and Intra-Muslim Violence
7. NRM Statecraft and Muslim Subjects
8. Conclusion

JOSEPH KASULE is a Research Fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Kampala.

"Kasule's work will stand the test of time and become a reference for the future of African studies in general and more particularly the Islamic identity of Uganda. The author must be applauded for his scholarly contribution to this field of study." Abdul Hai, Islamic Literary Society

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Title Details

270 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Religion in Transforming Africa

Series Vol. Number: 11

Imprint: James Currey