Jainism in Africa

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The history of Jainism in Africa is relatively short when compared with the histories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam on the same continent. There are about 20,000 Jains and[1] around 10 Jain organizations in Africa.[2]

History[edit]

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

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[edit]

Jainism in Kenya has been present for about a 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]

Jainism in South Africa[edit]

Jains emigrated to South Africa under British colonial rule in India and South Africa, and exceeded in trade and business.[9] Due to the high number of Jain tourists, in addition to the resident Jain community, many South African restaurants offer Jain food[10]

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