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Islam In Post-Colonial Zambia

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The revival of a more fervent practice of Islam among already existing Muslims and the ever-increasing number of indigenous converts to Islam in Zambia can be better understood against the background of local Muslim associations. This chapter offers an analysis of some of the salient socio-political elements of Zambia's post-colonial history that have favored the resurgence and the propagation of Islam. Apart from unpublished statistics of the National Census, giving any estimate of the Muslim population, and indeed of any other religion in Zambia, is bold speculation. Mahdi's article on secular education of Muslim children in Zambia also gives interesting statistical information, as well as elaborating on the origins and some characteristics of the Muslim community. Since the 1970s, a socially engaged Muslim community, rendered more conspicuous by the construction of mosques, schools (religious and secular), orphanages, Islamic development projects and the propagation of Islamic literature, has emerged in Zambia.

Keywords: Islam; post-colonial Zambia; secular education; socio-political elements



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