Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Pride, Faith and FearIslam in Sub-Saharan Africa$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Charlotte A. Quinn and Frederick Quinn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195063868

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195063864.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 22 January 2021

Eastern Approaches

Eastern Approaches

Islam as a Minority Religion in Kenya

(p.108) 4 Eastern Approaches
Pride, Faith and Fear

Charlotte A. Quinn

Frederick Quinn

Oxford University Press

From earliest times, Muslims were a visible presence along the Indian Ocean of East Africa, coming from different locations in the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, and elsewhere. Islam moved inland in Kenya and surrounding countries during the nineteenth century, largely brought by traders. Kenyan Islam is divided along structural, ethnic, personality, geographical, and doctrinal lines, resulting in a divided community, accounting for perhaps 30% of the population. Despite the influence of Iran and Libya, Kenya has successfully contained radical Islam, especially following the bombing of the American Embassy in Nairobi, but Islamic discontent is unabated since the root causes of societal discontent remain unresolved. The short‐lived effort by Shaikh Khalid Balala proved more of an irritant than a threat to the government, which continues to dole out bits of patronage to coastal and Somali Muslims in the country's northeast.

Keywords:   American embassy bombing, Shaikh Khalid Balala, Christian–Muslim relations, coast‐interior differences, Iran, Libya, radical Islam, Somali Muslims

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .