“Governance and Islam in East Africa: Muslims and the State”
I. Institutions – key questions
Political Participation: Engagement, Disengagement, Collaboration and Conflict
• How do Muslims articulate citizenship, that is, how do they relate to the set of institutionalised relations between state and individual?
• How do Muslims in East Africa make themselves visible, that is, how do Muslims actively attempt to gain access to urban spaces in both everyday contexts?
• What are the geographies of Islamic space in East Africa which heighten the importance of the politics of recognising religious diversity, the tolerance (or not) of public claims to Muslim identity in East Africa?
Funding: External, Government and Self-funding
• How does external, government or self-funding funding affect the articulation of organisations, institutions and non-state actors?
• What is the impact of external funding on the articulation of East Africa civil society? What kind of funding is coming in and how is it affecting the articulation of civil society?
Activating Identity: When and how is Muslim identity triggered in East Africa?
• How do development projects affect religion-state relations in East Africa?
• What are the particular moments where narratives of identity are performed in urban spaces amongst Muslims in East Africa?
Religious Authority: How is it Constituted, Contested and Reformulated?
• In what ways has the state engaged in regulation of religion and how have Muslims responded/reacted to the same?
• How do Muslims re-localise and organise their religiosity in state-religion relations where they are a minority?