Mapping Eastleigh for Christian-Muslim Relations
Can Christian-Muslim relations be better understood and even interfaith conflicts resolved if Christians and Muslims joined together in an existential and phenomenological engagement with common spatiality? To answer this question, 12 Christian students from St. Paul's University, Limuru, Kenya and 12 Muslim students from Eastleigh, Nairobi mapped the 12 streets of Eastleigh, a sprawling Nairobi suburb largely populated by Somali Muslims. The mapping method in the above exercise was phenomenological, that is, mapping spatiality as a 'lived experience' and interpreting spatial observations in light of individual and group existential experiences. The result of the mapping exercise was a radical transformation both in the Mappers' own self-perceptions as well as their perceptions of Christian- Muslim relations. The seven chapters in this unique book look at the above finding from different perspectives, both Christian and Muslim.
ISBN 9789966040619 | 98 pages | 297 x 210mm | 2013 | Zapf Chancery Publishers Africa, Kenya | Paperback
"The findings and recommendations from the mapping exercise will inform the research communities interested in understanding interfaith relations against the backdrop of spatiality."
- Prof. Esther Mombo Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya
"If you are looking for tools of creative governance of interfaith issues and collaborative management of interfaith task forces, then this book will equip you with invaluable expertise and insights to further the mission of interfaith relations."
- Dr. Sheikh Hassan Kinyua Omari Director-Religious Affairs Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM)
About the Editor
- Joseph Wandera
Dr. Joseph Wandera has recently completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Joseph, a lecturer in the Department of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (ICMR) at St. Paul’s University is a co-founder of the Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations in Eastleigh (CCMRE) together with the Rev. Willem Jansen.