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Title:Islam in East Africa: The report of a survey undertaken in 1961
Author:Trimingham, J.S.
Series:Research pamphlets; no. 9
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Edinburgh House Press
Geographic terms:East Africa
Abstract:The author spent over 4 months of 1961 in Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika & Zanzibar, with the purpose of trying to understand the nature of East African Islam. He outlines first the founding of the Islamic coastal communities in E. Adrica; Only in the last centry did the penetration of Islam into the interior begin, taking root first in Tanganyika and spreading much slower in Uganda and Kenya. (estimated number of Muslims in Tanganyika 27%, in Kenya and Uganda 4 5%). Its expansion has been due to individual conversions rather than the conversion of social groups. From the sociological aspect, the effect of Islam is weak. Islam in East Africa gives the impression of being a foreign religion. Moreover, it remains strongly traditional, even medieval, making no attempt to adjust itself to the modern world. In a final chapter the author discusses the attitude of the Christian Church to the Muslims.