Changing Times: Muslim religious debates in old and new cosmopolitan Mombasa and Nairobi
Dr. Hassan Mwakimako
In his project, Mwakimako will focus on question as to how disputes and discussions over issues of time are negotiated in concrete terms in two historically different time-scapes, namely, the „old cosmopolitan centre“ of Mombasa and the „new cosmopolitan centre“ of Nairobi. These disputes and discussions over issues of time may result from competition between Islamic and non-Islamic concepts of time, but may also result from conflicts that reflect internal Muslim dynamics, in particular, when set in the temporal context of the annual disputes over the sighting of the moon for the month of Ramadhan. These disputes do not have an only local character any more, but should be seen, on account of the increasing density of communication in the Islamic umma, as being part of translocal disputes withing the Islamic world as such.