Religious Studies
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Brief History

The Religious Studies unit was established in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Nairobi in 1969 as part of the larger Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies under the Chairmanship of Professor Stephen Neil. In its earlier years, the composition of the academic staff was predominantly expatriate, but since the 1980’s, a strong and successful programme of Kenyanization was implemented. The Department continued to grow steadily and was split in 1980 into two separate departments: (i) Department of Philosophy and (ii) Department of Religious Studies. In 2005, the two departments were merged with the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of the College of Education and External Studies based at Kikuyu campus to form a current combined Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.


Vision, Mission and Core Values

Vision: A respected and internationally acclaimed thematic area committed to excellence in teaching, research and the development of holistic students and society

Mission: To provide a conducive environment for scholarly articulation of wisdom, beliefs, values and ideals of humanity with a focus on how these may contribute to the quest for a just, peaceful and prosperous world

Core Values:

  • Objectivity and fairness
  • Commitment to human values
  • Quality education
  • Team work and collegiality
  • Professionalism


                         Head of Thematic Area


                               Prof Jesse Mugambi  


Members of Staff

Prof Nahashon Wamathai Ndungu



Prof Jesse N K Mugambi


Prof Gilbert E M Ogutu


Prof Waruta Douglas Wanjohi



Dr Abdulkadir Hashim



Dr Mumo Peter Mutuku


Dr Wachege Patrick N



Dr Wagura Prisca Muthoni


Dr Akaranga Stephen Ifedha


Dr Mwikamba Constantine


Ms Eugene Kiura Wangiri


Mr Caxton Nyahela



Mrs Mary Amolo Nyagode


Mrs Muriguh Rebeccah Wangui



Mr Hassan Kinyua Omari



Dr Wambua Abraham W


Dr Wamae Wachanga Muriuki



Ms Anangwe Kathleen Ayako




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Annual Report

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Head of Department



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Thought and Practice: The Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya



  • The Odera-Oruka Symposium, Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st November, 2013, Goethe auditorium, the German Cultural Center, Nairobi 


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Career in Religious Studies

Possible careers in religious studies include:


  • Public Service
  • Teaching
  • Social welfare
  • Counsellor
  • Youth and comunity worker