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Title:The spread of Islam in Uganda
Author:Kasozi, Abdu B.ISNI
City of publisher:Nairobi
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:Islamic history
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Abstract:The aim of this book is to trace and account for the penetration of Islam into Uganda since 1844. Particular emphasis is laid on the factors that facilitated or obstructed the adoption of this religion by the indigenous peoples of the country. The book is divided into six chapters. Ch. 1 deals with the dawn of Islam in Uganda, from 1844 to 1875. Ch. 2 discusses the decline of Islam, from the peak it had reached in the previous period, to a lower level. A number of factors, such as changes in the attitude of the king, and the religious wars, which ended in the defeat of the Muslims in 1894, are discussed. Ch. 3 reviews how Islam spread to the rest of the country during the period 1890-1921. Emphasis is laid on the role of 'carrier' rather than on social factors. Ch. 4 deals with the Muslim community in the first 25 years of the colonial era. It examines how the weak Muslim community was able to survive under the umbrella of Nuhu Mbogo, a prince of Buganda. Ch. 5 demonstrates how the division among Muslim leaders slowed the pace of the progress of Islam. The last chapter shows how political personalities in Uganda exploited the discord within the Muslim community for political ends, again to the disadvantage of Islam.