n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Overtly Muslim, covertly Boni : Competing calls of religious allegiance on the Kenyan coast, Mark R.J. Faulkner : book review

Volume 34, Issue Issue-2/3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This book offers a unique and valuable insight into the encounter between Islam and an African religion in East Africa. It comprises a study of the Boni, a hunter-gatherer ethnic community living along the Kenya / Somali border that converted to Islam during the late 1940s and 1950s. Although various external and internal factors contributed to their conversion, the Boni for various reasons (discussed in the study) never fully abandoned their previous religious identity.

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