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9789004147539

Overtly Muslim, Covertly Boni

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  • ISBN13:

    9789004147539

  • ISBN10:

    9004147535

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-05-30
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
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Summary

This volume explores the way of life of the Boni community, a hunter-gatherer people that straddle the Kenya/Somali border in East Africa. The Boni converted to Islam some fifty years ago and the reasons for this, both internal and external to the community, are identified. The book argues that former indigenous religious activity, far from having died out, is now being renegotiated so as to reflect an evolving Boni self-identity in a multi-ethnic setting as well as allowing the fermentation of resistance in the face of attempts at cultural hegemony advanced by outside forces. Employing a phenomenological approach and a methodology based on participant observation, this volume identifies three contrasting spheres of religious activity - the bush, the village centre, and individual homesteads. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Mark R. J. Faulkner lectures in Religion in Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations, Maps and Tables
vii
Glossary ix
Preface xi
Introduction 1(5)
The Academic Framework
6(33)
Bargoni
39(19)
The Coming of Islam to Bargoni
58(33)
Religious Activity in the Bush
91(43)
Islam in the Public Sphere in Bargoni
134(54)
Religious Activity at the Homestead Level
188(60)
Conclusion
248(11)
Epilogue 259(2)
Appendix One Documentation and Map Pertaining to Land Allocation in the Bargoni Area 261(6)
Appendix Two Trees, Shrubs and Plants Used for Religious/Medicinal Purposes 267(11)
Appendix Three (a) Various Meanings Ascribed to Bao Numerology 278(1)
Various Meanings Attached to Bao Tetragrams 279(4)
Bibliography 283(6)
Index 289

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