African Traditions Meeting Islam

by Lawrence Oseje

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.


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.

Book Information

  • Author: Lawrence Oseje
  • ISBN: 9781783685431
  • Category: Global Perspectives
  • Region: Africa
  • Publisher: Langham Publishing
  • Publishing Date: 12/31/2018
  • Number of Pages: 418



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