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Halkano Abdi Wario

LECTURER, DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY, HISTORY AND RELIGION, EGERTON UNIVERSITY, NAKURU

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He is a lecturer in Religious Studies at Egerton University, Kenya. He currently holds the position of the Deputy Director, Planning and Development at Egerton University. He also the Associate Director, Center for Study of Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization at the HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies, a non-profit, applied research, and policy think-do tank based in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition, He is a senior Volkswagen Foundation Humanities Research Fellow at the same university with research project that explores the nexus of religious knowledge and counter-radicalization strategies in Muslim majority urban spaces in Kenya.

He completed his doctoral studies in 2012 at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth, Germany focusing on localization of Tablīghī Jamāʿat in Kenya an apolitical translational Islamic movement with links to the Indian subcontinent.

His research interests span mediatization of religious knowledge, religious transnationalism, religion and spatiality, religion and security, Islamic reformism in Eastern Africa and emerging trends in Islamic law and Muslim politics in Africa and dynamics of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in the Horn of Africa.

Over the last few years, he has studied dynamics of CVE and VE in the Horn of Africa region in general and Kenya in particular, surveyed and analysed intervention programmes and research productions on the same themes and teamed up with established and emerging researchers, research think-tanks and policy practitioners in production of CVE policy documents such as for devolved governance structures in Kenya, topical policy briefs, academic writings and participation of CVE related forums and exchanges.