ISBN 9789970025725
Pages 168
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2006
Publisher Fountain Publishers, Uganda
Format Paperback

Islamic Fundamentalism

The Quest for the Rights of Muslims in Uganda

by Kazenga P. Tibenderana

Islam remains the minority religion in Uganda, and Muslims have traditionally assumed a subservient position in the society, without institutional and political rights. Whilst their position improved marginally after independence, they are still underrepresented in public life. Meanwhile political Islam or ‘Islamic fundamentalism’ is frequently incendiary and rhetorical.

This book aims to provide an understanding of the rights of Muslims as practised in Uganda. On the one hand, it addresses some of perceptions, misconceptions and controversies around the cultural practices of Islam. On the other hand, it exposes the complexity of radical Islam, and the blurring between religion and the state. It also considers Ugandan Muslims’ own perceptions of their culture and rights. Overall, the study aims to contribute to a more harmonious co-existence between Muslims and Christians in a modern, democratic and secular African state.

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About the Author

Kazenga P. Tibenderana

Kazenga P. Tibenderana is a professor of African history at Makerere University. He specialises in the history of Islamic societies, and held a visiting professorship at the Islamic University in Uganda (2002-2005). He has published in all the major African studies and African history journals.

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