International Islamic fundamentalism: A case of Uganda
Kiggundu, Musoke Muhammad
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This study is about International Islamic Fundamentalism: A Case of Uganda. In the recent years, ‘Islamic Fundamentalism’ has become an area of attraction due to misrepresentation of the Islamic Fundamentals which refers to the application of the fundamentals of Islam. The representative meaning of ‘Islamic Fundamentalism’ in this thesis is therefore; ‘‘the practice of those people who claim to be representing Islam, but who are in most cases restating the position in the extreme potential terms over and against those who have tried to adopt it to changing situations’’. This ideology can be both national and international. The research is presented in eight chapters. Chapter 1 provides the background of the study. Each of the chapters 2, 4, 5 and 6 focused on one of the four hypotheses of the research, while the research questions guided the researcher in the field to attain the general and the specific research objectives, which are presented in chapters 7 and 8. The study covered the period from 2000 to 2009. However, the whole period of Islam in Uganda since its inception has been considered to provide background information which is representative of the events that clearly show the influential circumstances of ‘Islamic Fundamentalism’, from both the local and global context. The overall objective of the study was to establish the different causes of ‘Islamic Fundamentalism’ in Uganda. The study set out to achieve four specific objectives:. establishing the misrepresentation of Islam by Muslims and Non-Muslims; establishing the Ugandan Muslim community awareness and exposure to International Islamic Fundamentalism; finding out whether Historical events in the Ugandan Muslim Community have played a great role in the growth of Islamic Fundamentalism; and exploring both local and global challenges of Islamic Fundamentalism. The ten districts covered were Arua in the North-western region, Bushenyi & Mbarara for South western, Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Mpigi, and Masaka for the central and Mbale & Iganga in the Eastern region. The Methodology of the study was a Qualitative Method of research. The research design was specifically descriptive by sample surveys and field studies. The data collection instruments included the participants ‘observation, interviews, questionnaires and group discussion. The analysis took a descriptive form by getting information from the documents, interpreted and presented. The findings of the study are presented in chapters; four, five, six, seven and discussed in chapter eight. The study’s conclusion and recommendations appear at the end of chapter eight. The study concluded that the Misrepresentation of Islam due to the poor, economic, religious, social and political environment has provided for the easy growth of Islamic Fundamentalism, in Uganda.