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2016

Akaranga, SI, Makau BK.  2016.  The hermeneutics of education management Information Systems for Kitinga primary school in Mwingi central, Kenya. Journal of Education and Practice. 7(35):36-40.
Akaranga, SI, Moywaywa CK.  2016.  Influence of selected lerarners' characteristics on their academic achievement in public secondary schools in Trans Nzoia and West Pokot counties, Kenya. Journal of Educational Policy and Entrepreneurial Research. 3(2):67-78.
Akaranga, SI, Simiyu PC.  2016.  Determinants of Secondary school learners’ performance in Christian Religious Education in Lelan sub county, Kenya. Journal of Education and Practice. 7(5):125-130.
Akaranga, SI, Ongong'a JJ.  2016.  The hermeneutics of the phenomenon of dialogue between Christians and Muslims in contemporary Kenya. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. 6(5):157-162.
Akaranga, SI, Makau BK.  2016.  Internet access and Security in Kitinga Primary school in Mwingi central, Kenya. International Journal of Education and Research. 4(11):1-12.
Akaranga, SI, Makau BK.  2016.  Ethical considerations and their applications to Research: A case of the University of Nairobi. Journal of Educational Policy and Entrepreneurial Research. 3(12):1-9.429-825-2-pb.pdf

2015

Akaranga, SI, Moywaywa CK.  2015.  The Origins and Settlement of Hindus in Nairobi, Kenya. International Journal of Arts and Commerce. 4(8):115-121.
Akaranga, SI, Mwikamba CM.  2015.  Blessed are the rich and prosperous for theirs is the Kingdom of this world:The Kenyan Challenge. Research on Humanities and Soicial Sciences. Vol 5(14):138-141.
Akaranga, SI, Ongong'a JJ.  2015.  The Phenomenon of Intolerance and Its Impact on Christian - Muslim Relation in Kenya. Research on Humanities and Social Sciences. 5(8):105-121. AbstractWebsite

One of the common euphemisms today is: “Religion is inherently violent, the cause of all major wars in history”. The interlocutors accuse religion without remembering that the last two world wars were fought not on account of religion, but, because of other interrelated social, material and ideological factors, the chief of which being competition for scarce resources. Yet, when the observers cite the Crusades, the Inquisition and wars of religion of the 16th and 17th centuries, not to mention the recent spate of terrorism committed in the name of religion, it is hard to belittle euphemism. Like religion, terrorism is difficult to define. Generally, however, it is a deliberate use of violence or threat of its use against innocent people, with the aim of intimidating them specifically or others into a course of action they could not otherwise take. Terrorism is fundamentally political, even when other motives-religious, economic or social are involved. It is about power, acquiring it or keeping it. This is probably why, the discussion of apparent tension between Christians and Muslims here in Kenya can hardly be discussed without due consideration of the role of Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda. The association of Islam with terrorism in the recent past first came to global attention with the assassination of Anwar Sadat in Cairo, the then president of Egypt. This wave of violence claiming religious justification became more rampant in the 1980’s finally culminating in the atrocity of September 11, 2001, in New York. Here in Kenya, there have been attacks against public institutions, bus stops and markets; an action of hostility which threatens amicable relationship between the two religions. This is why; critics of religion acknowledge that monotheism is prone to violence and intolerance. If however, there is one thing we can reliably predict about this century, it is that, an increasing share of Kenya’s people is going to identify with either Christianity or Islam. And, examples of disastrous accounts of conflict can hardly enhance amicable coherence even if done in the name of religion. To meet the challenges of our time and create a desirable Kenyan society, we need to accurately assess our religious affiliations. It is not enough to assume the nature of these two Abrahamic religious traditions and their roles in Kenya. The central question this paper asks and attempts to answer is: If religion can be used as an instrument of destruction, how come it has continued to survive as the most influential social phenomenon? To facilitate our discussion the paper adopts theories of Emile Durkheim and Myerson to explain the functional relationship between religion and violence; and cultural interpretation of violence. The paper therefore, examines the following three objectives:

Ambivalent nature of religion,
Existential justification for hermeneutic of suspicion and,
Abrahamic tradition: A basis for interfaith dialogue.
Keywords: terrorism, violence, religion, dialogue, suspicion, tradition and exegesis.

Akaranga, SI.  2015.  Prosperity Gospel in Kenyan Urban Centres: Come, See, Pay and Receive Your Miracles and Healing. Research on Humanities and Social Sciences. 5(10):199-208. AbstractWebsite

In this part of the 21st century, the impact of ‘New Age” religions created by secularization have exposed the western Christianity to several challenges which seem not only divergent to biblical doctrine but tend to give new image to God. Even here in Kenya, we are not foreign to these challenges. Some of which include; ordination of women, gender mainstreaming, marriage of the same sex, sex scandals of celibate clergy, leadership struggle, corruption and prosperity gospel, to mention but a few. This paper investigates the impact of prosperity gospel, an offshoot of neo-Pentecostalism in Kenyan urban centres with emphasis in Nairobi. This Christian social phenomenon teaches that true Christian faith results in material wealth and physical well-being. It claims that the Bible teaches that financial blessing is the will of God for Christians (vide Wikipedia, the free Encylopedia). That is, instead of the gospel of the forgiveness of sins, the centre is occupied by miracles and the improvement of the quality of life, along with temporal blessings from God (Anssi Simojoki, 2002: 272). This explains why the churches associated with prosperity gospel are popular in the eastern side of the city of Nairobi. The main question is whether the prosperity gospel is authentic Christian theology that satisfactorily improves the lives of the faithful? To facilitate our discussion, we have discussed the following four objectives: the origin and background of prosperity gospel, its teachings and impact, to make possible recommendations. The collection of data included both primary and secondary materials. We administered 250 oral interviews. Ninety members from the churches associated with the phenomenon, seventy students from both Kenyatta University and University of Nairobi and ninety adults outside the two categories.

Key words: Prosperity/gospel, Pentecostalism/charismatic, Miracle, Interlocutors, Hermeneutic

2014

Akaranga, SI, Ongong'a JJ.  2014.  The Suppression of Women by Religion: A Kenyan Example. Journal of Educational Policy and Entrepreneurial Research. Vol1(No.4):48-60.

2013

Ongong’a, JJ, Akaranga SI.  2013.  Work ethics for lecturers: An example of Nairobi and Kenyatta Universities. International Journal of Arts and COmmerce. Vol.21 No.8(8):8-22.work_ethics_for_lecturersan_example_of_nairobi_and_kenyatta_universities.pdf
Akaranga, SI, Ongong JJ.  2013.  The Phenomenon of Examination Malpractice: An Example of Nairobi and Kenyatta Universities. International Journal of Arts and Commerce. Vol.2 No.8(8):83-86.jep_vol_4_no._18_2013.pdf
Akaranga, SI, Ongong’a JJ.  2013.  African traditional cultural conundrums which make women prone to HIV/ AIDS infections: A case of the Maasai of Kenya. International Journal of Education and Research. Vol.1 No.8(8):153-156.ijern_vol.1_no.8_august_2013.pdf
Akaranga, SI, Ongong’a JJ.  2013.  The dynamics of religiosity and spirituality in Kenyan public Universities. International Journal of Education and Research. Vol.1 No.6(6):63-80.ijern_vol_1_no.6_june_2013.pdf
Ongong’a, JJ, Akaranga SI.  2013.  The phenomenon of religious switching among University students: The case of Nairobi and Kenyatta Universities, Kenya. International Journal of Education and Research. Vol.1 (5):241-258.ijern__vol.1_no._5_may_2013.pdf

2002

2000

I, DRAKARANGASTEPHEN.  2000.  Akaranga S.I. (1997), "A study of Logooli moral values with particularreference to taboos, oaths and curses"; PhD Unpublished thesis, University of Nairobi, Nairobi.. Submitted to Hekima Journal, Journal of the Faculty of Arts, ersity of Nairobi, 30.6.2000. and accepted for publication on 7th. Dec. 2000.. Abstract
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I, DRAKARANGASTEPHEN.  2000.  Akaranga, S.I., "Ritual purification and reconciliation". Submitted to Trans African of History.. Submitted to Hekima Journal, Journal of the Faculty of Arts, ersity of Nairobi, 30.6.2000. and accepted for publication on 7th. Dec. 2000.. Abstract
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I, DRAKARANGASTEPHEN.  2000.  Akaranga, S.I (2000), "The concept of curses and oaths among the indigenous logooli".. Submitted to Hekima Journal, Journal of the Faculty of Arts, ersity of Nairobi, 30.6.2000. and accepted for publication on 7th. Dec. 2000.. Abstract
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1996

I, DRAKARANGASTEPHEN.  1996.  Akaranga, S.I (1996), "Some aspects of indigenous logooli moral values"in Trans African Journal of History, Vol. 25:146-153, Gideon Were Press, Nairobi.. Submitted to Hekima Journal, Journal of the Faculty of Arts, ersity of Nairobi, 30.6.2000. and accepted for publication on 7th. Dec. 2000.. Abstract
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1993

I, DRAKARANGASTEPHEN.  1993.  Akaranga, S.I (1993), Christianity in Africa, Lecture Series University of Nairobi, Nairobi.. Submitted to Hekima Journal, Journal of the Faculty of Arts, ersity of Nairobi, 30.6.2000. and accepted for publication on 7th. Dec. 2000.. Abstract
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1987

I, DRAKARANGASTEPHEN.  1987.  Akaranga S.I (1987), (Revised 1999), Semi za Kiswahili: Maana na matumi, Oxford University Press, Nairobi.. Submitted to Hekima Journal, Journal of the Faculty of Arts, ersity of Nairobi, 30.6.2000. and accepted for publication on 7th. Dec. 2000.. Abstract
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