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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Examines the historical, political, religious, and social dynamics of Muslim minority status in Uganda, and important themes of pre- and post-colonial political community, religion and national identity.



Between 2012 and 2016 several Muslim clerics were murdered in Uganda: there is still no consensus as to who was 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 scholarship that has homogenized Muslims' political identity, Kasule demonstrates that Muslim responses to power have been varied and multiple. Beginning with the pre-colonial political community in Buganda, and Muteesa 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. Muteesa I's Islamization faltered when Christianity entered Buganda in the latter half of the 19th century, resulting in division between Muslim and Christian sections. The colonial period created a new type of political project that defined the Muslim question as one of representation, and Kasule discusses how this laid the foundation for a politics of Muslim containment within a predominantly Christian power. He examines contrasting urban-based Muslim organizations and 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 opposing centres of Muslim power which sought different resolutions to their minority situation.

East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi): Makerere Institute of Social Research
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