ISBN 9789990816150
Pages 220
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2000
Publisher Kachere Series, Malawi
Format Paperback

Malawi's Muslims

Historical Perspectives

edited by David S Bone

There is a long history of Islam in Malawi, which precedes Christianity; and Muslims constitute about fifteen percent of the country's population. However Muslims and Islam in Malawi have until relatively recently remained low profile, and there has been little research or documentation of their history.

This collection of essays traces the history of Muslim culture in Malawi, looking at for example: how Islam spread to Malawi within the context of the expansion of Islan in East Africa; how Islam developed; and how the Christian churches responded. Further contributions address Islam in Nyasaland in 1910; Kanyenda and the Swahili challenge; Mohammedanism and the Yaos in 1991; the Yao Tariqa and the Sukuti movements; the problems of Islamic education; and the growth of a political and commercial Muslim elite.

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About the Editor

David S Bone

David Bone, formerly Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi, has had a career in education, teaching about Islam at Univeristy, Theological College, and Secondary School levels in Malawi and in his native Scotland. He has researched and written extensively about the development of Muslim communities in Malawi.

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