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‘Muslims have instructions’ Hiv/Aids, modernity and islamic religious education in Kisumu, Kenya

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This chapter outlines the discourse on HIV/AIDS within the context of the school subject of Islamic Religious Education (IRE). In this, the focus is not primarily on Muslim views on the virus in any general sense, but on how Islam is construed, and what relevance the discourse on HIV/AIDS has for the continuous construction of a Muslim identity in the local context, and in relation to modernity. Muslim reformulations of Islam in relation to modernity have been ongoing since roughly the mid-19th century and have had a strong focus on how to accommodate social, technological, economic and political change with religious authenticity. In Kisumu, Muslims constitute a religious minority, which is furthermore internally divided. The overwhelming majority is Sunni Muslims of African ethnicities, but there are also Muslims of Arab and South Asian ethnicities.

Keywords: Islamic Religious Education (IRE); Kenya; Kisumu; Muslims



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