African Traditions Meeting Islam: A Case of Luo-Muslim Funerals in Kendu Bay, Kenya

African Traditions Meeting Islam: A Case of Luo-Muslim Funerals in Kendu Bay, Kenya

by Lawrence Oseje


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In many communities across the world traditional beliefs and practices are passed down generations and are a feature of day-to-day life, despite the influence of outside sources. Focusing on Luo Muslims in Kenya, Dr Lawrence Oseje looks at the interaction of Islam and traditional Luo practices, especially those around death and burial.

Dr Oseje’s research with Luo Muslims in Kendu Bay investigates the impact of the traditional Luo conceptualization of death with their current views, and provides new understanding of fundamental issues that affect the lives of ordinary Muslims. From his observation of this community, Oseje encourages a celebration of traditions and customs, showing that an appreciation of traditions and beliefs can help develop ministry to local communities. Dr Oseje’s findings result in a deepened understanding of cultures, how they develop from a blend of influences, and provides anthropological and missiological guidelines for cross-cultural ministry, particularly in times of bereavement.

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ISBN-13: 9781783685431
Publisher: Langham Partnership International
Publication date: 12/31/2018
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

LAWRENCE OSEJE earned his PhD in Interreligious Studies from Africa International University (AIU). He is currently a lecturer and adjunct professor in missions and intercultural studies at a number of universities and seminaries across Africa, including Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya and Africa College of Theology, Kigali, Rwanda. His travels in many nations of the world training pastors, missionaries and other Christian leaders has given him a richer appreciation of people and their cultural values. Lawrence is married to Dorcas, and together they are blessed with three children, Jael, Emmanuel and Rosebell.

Table of Contents

  1. List of Diagrams
  2. List of Tables
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Abstract
  5. Arabic Transliteration

  • Chapter 1: Introduction

    1. Relationships in the Triple Religions
    2. The Challenges of African Traditional Religion
    3. The Luo People in Islam
    4. The Perception of Luo on Death: A Case Study of S. M. Otieno
    5. Luo Muslims in Kenya
    6. Luo Muslims in Kendu Bay
    7. Problem Statement
    8. Research Questions
    9. Objectives of the Study
    10. Significance of the Research
    11. Delimitations
    12. Limitations
    13. Assumptions
    14. Definition of Terms

  • Chapter 2: Literature Review
    1. Introduction
    2. The Influence of Islam on Luo Traditional View of Death
    3. Luo Traditional Elements in Luo-Muslim Perception of Death
    4. Synthesis of Luo Traditional and Luo-Muslim View of Death
    5. Conclusion

  • Chapter 3: Methodology
    1. Introduction
    2. Data Collection
    3. Data Analysis
    4. Validity and Reliability
    5. Ethical Issues in Research Field
    6. Conclusion

  • Chapter 4: The Influence of Islam on Luo-Muslim Traditional View of Death
    1. Introduction
    2. The Islamic Teachings on Death That the Luo Muslims in Kendu Bay Follow
    3. Conclusion

  • Chapter 5: Elements of Luo Tradition in Luo-Muslim Perception of Death
    1. Introduction
    2. Explaining the Existence of Luo Traditions in the Luo-Muslim Perception of Death
    3. Conclusion

  • Chapter 6: The Effects of Luo Traditional View on Luo-Muslim Understanding of Death and Its Related Practices
    1. The Influence of Luo Traditions in the Initial Stage of Luo-Muslim Funerals
    2. The Influence of Luo Traditions in the Middle Stage of a Luo-Muslim Funeral
    3. The Influence of Luo Traditions in the Later Stage of Luo-Muslim Funerals
    4. Continuity and Discontinuity of the Luo Traditional View of Death among Luo Muslims
    5. Conclusion

  • Chapter 7: The Synthetic Conceptualization of Death among the Contemporary Luo Muslims in Kendu Bay
    1. Introduction
    2. Religio-Cultural Characteristics and Themes Underlying Luo-Muslim Views of Death
    3. The Luo-Muslim Conceptualization of Death as Reflected in Funeral Rituals
    4. Conclusion

  • Chapter 8: Conclusions
    1. Summary of Findings
    2. Implications and Recommendations to Different Stakeholders
    3. Recommendations for Further Studies

  • Appendix A: Ethnographic Research Questions
  • Appendix B: A History of Luo in Kenya and Their Contact with Islam
  • Appendix C: The History and the Development of Islam in Kendu Bay
  • Appendix D: Relationships in Ijma, Jumia and Ijumma
  • Appendix E: Relationship between ‘Iddah and Talāq (Divorce) in Islam
  • Bibliography

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