An Examination of Factors Influencing Conversion of Kalenjin People to Islam in Marigat Town in Baringo County in Kenya
Keywords:Islam, Christianity, Conversion, Factors, Kalenjin people, Marigat Baringo
In this study, the researcher examined the factors motivating the Kalenjin people group in Marigat town in Baringo County, Kenya, to convert to Islam. The researcher adopted a qualitative research approach and used ethnographic interviews to collect data on the factors driving these conversions. Conversion is a process that significantly influences the life of the converts, affecting the communities where they live. The findings revealed that the first contact with Islam was mostly through close personal contact with Muslims living there. Also, the study highlights theological, religious and socio-cultural factors influencing the conversions. The study suggests ways the Christian church could be more effective in Christian missions.