Suleiman Chembea

Dr. Suleiman Chembea is a lecturer of Religion at Bomet University College, a constituent college of Moi University, Kenya. His research is on the interface between Muslim charity and Muslim Socio-economic welfare politics in secular state milieus; on Muslim-Christian relations; on Religion and migration and Religious extremism.

He holds a PhD in Islamic studies from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, an MA in Religion and a B.Ed (Arts) both from Moi University, Kenya. He is one of the first three early career researchers of Islam in Africa under the mentorship program of the Institute of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA), Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois since May 2019, for the review and publication of theses into books.

He authored several peer reviewed works including ‘Competing and Conflicting Power Dynamics in Waqfs in Kenya, 1900-2010’ (Bayreuth Studies online 6, University of Bayreuth Library); ‘Negotiating Muslim-Christian Relations in Kenya through Waqfs,   1900-2010’ (Journal of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations), and ‘Waqfs and the Dynamics of Muslim Charity in Secular Milieus, Kenya   1900-2010’ (Alternation Journal, Special Edition 19).

During his LeidenASA fellowship, he will be working on his postdoc project on Religiosity among African Muslim Migrants in the Diaspora in the age of Islamism.

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Dr. S. (Suleiman) Chembea
Former visiting fellow