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The Ramadhan lectures of sheikh Abdilahi Nassir: The social critique of a politically minded Islamic scholar<sup>1</sup>

Kai Kresse

in Philosophising in Mombasa

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748627868
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652976 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627868.003.0007
The Ramadhan lectures of sheikh Abdilahi Nassir: The social critique of a politically minded Islamic scholar1

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In December 1998, there was a heated argument between different Muslim factions in Mombasa about the exact determination of the beginning of Ramadhan. As a consequence, Muslims started their fast on two different days, the nineteenth and the twentieth of December. Sheikh Abdilahi stressed in one of his Ramadhan lectures that a situation of this kind had not arisen before the newly established reformist groups claimed supremacy. For many Muslim men, part of the daily routine during Ramadhan was attending the lectures of their favourite local sheikh. Within the daily framework of fasting, these lectures could be called the ‘food for the spirit’ of the pious fasting Muslims. This chapter discusses the life and lectures of Sheikh Abdilahi Nassir and lectures on the constitutional reform process in Kenya.

Keywords: Ramadhan; December 1998; Mombasa; Muslim factions; fasting; Kenya; constitutional reform

Chapter.  15403 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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