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Author Kresse, Kai, author.

Title Swahili Muslim publics and postcolonial experience / Kai Kresse
Published Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2018]


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 237 pages) : illustrations
Series African expressive cultures
African expressive cultures.
Contents Introduction: past present continuous: postcolonial experience, intellectual practice, and the struggle for meaning -- Muslim publics, postcolonial imaginations, and the dynamics of self-positioning -- Colonial experience and future anticipations: Sheikh Al-Amin Mazrui and Swahili Islamic pamphlets, 1930-32 -- The voice of justice: an Islamic newspaper in postcolonial Kenya, 1972-82 -- "Get educated with Stambuli!": an open discussion platform on local Islamic radio, 2005-07 -- Conclusion: toward the understanding of understanding elements of a Swahili intellectual tradition
Summary Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience is an exploration of the ideas and public discussions that have shaped and defined the experience of Kenyan coastal Muslims. Focusing on Kenyan postcolonial history, Kai Kresse isolates the ideas that coastal Muslims have used to separate themselves from their "upcountry Christian" countrymen. Kresse looks back to key moments and key texts--pamphlets, newspapers, lectures, speeches, radio discussions--as a way to map out the postcolonial experience and how it is negotiated in the coastal Muslim community. On one level, this is a historical ethnography of how and why the content of public discussion matters so much to communities at particular points in time. Kresse shows how intellectual practices can lead to a regional understanding of the world and society. On another level, this ethnography of the postcolonial experience also reveals dimensions of intellectual practice in religious communities and thus provides an alternative model that offers a non-Western way to understand regional conceptual frameworks and intellectual practice
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Muslims -- Kenya
Swahili-speaking peoples -- Kenya
Islam and culture -- Kenya
Postcolonialism -- Kenya
HISTORY -- Africa -- Central.
HISTORY -- Africa -- East.
Islam and culture.
Swahili-speaking peoples.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780253037572