Jainism in Africa


Jainism entered Africa during the late 19th century, when Jains first emigrated from India to Kenya, and then to Uganda, Sudan and Tanzania.[3]

An exodus of Asians from Uganda in 1972 due to Idi Amin's policies forced some Jains to migrate elsewhere, like Australia,[3] North America and Europe.[4]

Jainism in Kenya

Jainism in Kenya has been present for about 100 years.[5] It is practiced by a small community that actively organizes Jain conventions,[6] film festivals[7] and other community programs.

There are Jain temples in Nairobi and Mombasa.[8] Jains are among the most successful and prosperous businessmen in Nairobi and other bigger towns.[9]

Jainism in South Africa

Jains emigrated to South Africa under British colonial rule in India and South Africa, and exceeded in trade and business.[10] Due to the high number of Jain tourists, in addition to the resident Jain community, many South African restaurants offer Jain food.[11]

See also


  1. Dundas 2002, p. 271.
  2. Shah, Natubhai (1998). Jainism: The World of Conquerors (2 ed.). Sussex Academic Press. ISBN 9781898723974.
  3. Titze, Kurt; Bruhn, Klaus (1998). Jainism: A Pictorial Guide to the Religion of Non-Violence. Motilal Banarsidass Publication. p. 263. ISBN 9788120815346.
  4. Qvarnström, Olle (2003). Jainism and Early Buddhism: Essays in Honor of Padmanabh S. Jaini. Jain Publishing Company. p. 88. ISBN 9780895819567.
  5. Barrett, David B. (1973). Kenya churches handbook: the development of Kenyan Christianity, 1498-1973. Evangel Publication House.
  6. "Jain Convention Takes Places In Nairobi". The Star. 18 January 2011.
  7. Jabbal, Harleen (2 January 2012). "Kenya: Young Jains of Nairobi's Film Show". allAfrica.com.
  8. Briggs, Philip (1 September 2011). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Kenya: Kenya. DK Publishing. p. 31. ISBN 9780756684457.
  9. J.N.K. Mugambi 2010, p. 108.
  10. Sharma, Suresh K.; Sharma, Usha (2004). Cultural and Religious Heritage of India: Jainism. Mittal Publications. p. 117. ISBN 9788170999577.
  11. "Many SA hotels offer Jain, veg cuisine - India - DNA". DNA India. 5 February 2009.


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