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Caleb Kim

Caleb Chul-Soo Kim

Affiliate Associate Professor of Anthropology and Islam

BA, Kon-Kuk University
MDiv, Chong-Shin Theological Seminary
ThM, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary


Caleb Chul-Soo Kim has served East Africa as a missionary since 1989. He earned his doctorate at Fuller in 2001. The following year, he joined the faculty of Africa International University (AIU, formerly Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology) in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently, Dr. Kim is an associate professor of intercultural and inter-religious studies (concentrating on Islam and the anthropology of Muslim cultures). He has also taught missiological courses in the Intercultural Studies program at Fuller Theological Seminary since 2001. His main research areas include Islamic supernaturalism, anthropology of the Muslim spirit world, theology of powers, and missiology.


Kim has published Introduction to Missiology (교학총론 in Korean, Kyunggido, Korea: GMS), Cultural Anthropology: From A Christian Perspective (Eldoret, Kenya: Utafiti Foundation, 2019), Islam among the Swahili in East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya: Acton Publishers, 2004 and 2016), and edited African Missiology: Contributions of Contemporary Thought (Nairobi, Kenya: Uzima Publisher, 2009). He also contributed a number of articles, including “The STA (Synthetic Triangular Approach) in Islamic Studies and Ministries: A Missiological Attempt to Understand Muslims through the Concept of ‘Ordinariness’” in Asian Mission Advance, Quarterly Bulletin of the Asian Mission Association (Spring 2022), “A Missional Response to an Ever Provoking Question” in Occasional Bulletin (2016), “Religious Phenomenon of Popular Islam and Missional Approaches” in KMQ (Korea Missions Quarterly, English Edition, 2016), “Considering ‘Ordinariness’ in Studying Muslim Cultures and Discipleship” in Discipleship in the 21st Century Mission, edited by Timothy Park and Steve Eom (Kyunggi, Korea: East-West Center for MRD, 2014), “Sihiri among the Swahili Muslims in Zanzibar: An Anthropological Analysis of the Belief and Practice of ‘Witchcraft’ in Zanzibar in Light of the Islamic View of Siḥr” in Christian Muslim Encounter 6, no. 1 (April 2013), “Affliction by Jinn among the Swahili and an Appropriate Christian Approach” in Toward Respectful Understanding and Witness among Muslims: Essays in Honor of J. Dudley Woodberry, edited by Evelyne Reisacher (Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2012).