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Mapping Eastleigh for Christian-Muslim Relations

CB Peter, Joseph Wandera

Publication Year: 2013

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. Paulís University, Limuru, Kenya and 12 Muslim students from Eastleigh, Nairobi mapped the 12 streets of Eastleigh, a sprawling Nairobi suburb largely populated by Somali Muslis. The mapping method in the above exercise was phenomenological, that is, mapping spatiality as a ìlived experienceî 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 Mappersí 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.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. 1-10

We thank Prof. Esther Mombo (DVC-AA) of St. Paul’s University for her support of CCMRE, as expressed in her Foreword. We acknowledge the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims (SUPKEM) in the person of Dr. Hassan Kinyua for its moral support as expressed in his Foreword. ...

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pp. 2-11

Interfaith forums help disseminate comprehensive knowledge which may help to supply basic needs, social services, counseling, and economic development by empowering the world with peace and harmony. ...

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pp. 3-4

St. Paul’s University (SPU) in line with its vision and mission has been on the frontline of preparing courses that are relevant to society at large. Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, HIV and AIDS, and leadership development are some of the areas where SPU offers creative and innovative opportunities. ...

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Introduction: Mapping this Book

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pp. 5-9

The book in your hands is the first publication of the Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations in Eastleigh (CCMRE). This Centre was established in 2010 by St. Paul’s University (SPU), in Limuru, Kenya, as one of the University’s practical programmes, in the area of Christian-Muslim relations. ...

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Chapter One: Mapping the Contexts of Eastleigh

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pp. 10-20

In this chapter the historical, demographic, socio-economic and religious context of Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya is described. Some facts and figures about the Estate are given, alongside some more general features. A brief historical overview of Eastleigh will help readers to understand Eastleigh’s context from a primarily Somali migration perspective. ...

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Chapter Two: Mapping the Diversity of Eastleigh

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pp. 21-25

This chapter seeks to describe the contrasts in Eastleigh spatiality from the dual perspectives of the author (a resident researcher in Eastleigh) and the media. The cognition of Eastleigh spatiality oscillates between the contrasting extremes of the resident’s personal and subjective experience of the place on the one hand, ...

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Chapter Three: Mapping Eastleigh as a Public Platform: The World of Street Preachers

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pp. 26-34

This contribution examines Muslim public preachers and their sermons in Eastleigh, Nairobi. It discusses how the preachers ‘debate’ with Christians. The preachers engage in open-air preaching (mihadhara) to dispute the teachings of Christianity and call Christians to embrace Islam. ...

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Chapter Four: A Street Preacher’s Da’wah

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pp. 35-44

Islamic public preaching in Eastleigh, Nairobi is an initiative of 8th Street Da’wah Group which was formed over nineteen years ago by a number of people who had been doing comparative religious research together. Out of the eight founding members, only two were born Muslims while the other six are former Christians and Pastors ...

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Chapter Five: A Sūfī Perspective on Christian-Muslim Relations in Eastleigh and Beyond

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pp. 36-43

In Eastleigh and the neighbouring estate of Pumwani, sufism53 is widely practiced. The sūfī brotherhoods represent the majority of Muslims in Eastleigh and Pumwani. The Brotherhoods, spread throughout the streets of the estates, are comprised of many turūq (sūfī orders, or brotherhoods) such as Qadiriya, Shadhiliya and Da’watil Islami from Pakistan. ...

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Chapter Six: Mapping Eastleigh for Christian-Muslim Relations: A Project Report

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pp. 44-61

This chapter explores the option of studying Eastleigh spatiality jointly by Christians and Muslims as a “lived experience” and understanding together how mapping the commonly shared space can enhance our insights into Christian-Muslim relations. Twelve teams of mappers consisting of one Christian and one Muslim each mapped the 12 streets in Section 1 of Eastleigh, ...

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Chapter Seven: How Mapping Can Build Christian-Muslim Relationships

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pp. 62-67

Susan Olulu is a theology student at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya. In her hometown of Kisumu in West-Kenya, she is an active member of God’s Last Appeal Church, an independent African church. Kaltuma Mohammed is a student of Nutrition Sciences at a Technical College in Nairobi. ...

Appendix 1: The Eastleigh Mapping Pictorial

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pp. 68-84

Appendix 2: List of Contributors

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pp. 85-94

Appendix 3: List of Mappers

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pp. 86-95

Appendix 4: Recommendation letter of Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims (SUPKEM)

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pp. 87-90

Back cover

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p. 100-100

E-ISBN-13: 9789966040626
Print-ISBN-13: 9789966040619

Page Count: 98
Publication Year: 2013