Dynamics of Environmental Perceptions: Implications on the Mijikenda Muslims in Coast Province, Kenya

Nyaga, Stephen Njoka (2004) Dynamics of Environmental Perceptions: Implications on the Mijikenda Muslims in Coast Province, Kenya. PhD thesis, Kenyatta University.

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Abstract

The study sought to examine dynamics of environmental perceptions and its implications on the Mijikenda Muslims in Coast Province. It shows that change in people's environmental perception influences the way they carry out their socio-economic activities and respond to ideals of sustainable development. The study is guided by Islamic paradigm of al-tanm iyah almustadamah, which underlines appropriate response of Muslims to indigenous environmental norms and contemporary environmental policies. The main aims of the study were to analyze indigenous Mijikenda environmental norms and basic ideals of sustainable development in Islamic environmental principles and environmental policies in Kenya. It further aimed at examining the phenomena of concurrence and conflicts of indigenous Mijikenda environmental norms with Islamic environmental principles and environmental policies in Kenya; and assess impediments to sustainable socio-economic development particularly those related to change in environmental perceptions, and ultimately recommend viable interventions from Islamic perspective. This study is based on qualitative data from primary and secondary sources. Primary data was collected through individual interviews, focus group discussions (FGDs) and personal , observations while secondary data was obtained through library research. Qualitative methods of data analysis and presentation were used. This entailed transcription of the oral information recorded in cassette tapes, classifying and summarizing field notes and responses in the questionnaires. Concrete responses in the questionnaires were subjected to descriptive statistics making it possible to have illustrative tables, charts, graphs and diagrams to depict some trends of the findings. This was done to enhance qualitative analysis and presentation. Primary and secondary data were then synthesized and thematized according to the objectives and chapters of this work.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Divisions: Africana
Depositing User: JHI Africa
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2015 13:44
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 13:44
URI: http://thesisbank.jhia.ac.ke/id/eprint/306

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