About Kabarak University Press (KABU Press)
Kabarak University Press (KABU Press) is the publishing arm of Kabarak University. It envisions being the leading academic publisher in the East African region.
Its mission is: To ensure the publication of indigenous, contextual, rigorously researched and edited tertiary level publications of high quality scholarship to serve the advancement of the academy in Africa.
It has chosen its slogan as below to reflect its commitment to the core values and dedicated mission of Kabarak University.
publishing excellence · academic rigour · biblical perspective
KABU Press is dedicated to contribute significantly to the provision of tertiary level educational publications that respond to the intellectual needs of our region.
Its target market are the students and staff of tertiary level institutions in the region, and the wider consumers of university level scholarly publications, including public policy makers, civil society actors and the private sector.
Devotional thought – Luke 1:1-4
KABU Press is inspired by this Bible verse and commits to keeping its teaching as the leading light of its work.
Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed. (NRSV) [emphasis added]
KABU Press is inspired by the distinct, sometimes incompatible, certainly non-uniform writing styles of New Testament (NT) writers: Sts Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the writers whose work preserved our faith for us.
More so, KABU Press’ mission is dedicated to the methodological approach taken by Luke in the 1:1-4.
Luke is careful to present what is almost a thesis proposal. He recognises that previous writers have taken down ‘an orderly account’. He has done his literature review. In speaking of ‘eyewitnesses and servants of the word’, he is careful to recognise primary and secondary sources of information, never accepting tertiary sources. Such rigour is precisely a firm principle of scholarly writing. Luke goes on to state that he has ‘carefully’ investigated everything. Rigorous scholars are well aware of the dangers of incomplete research or sloppy research method. Most importantly, the aims of Luke’s research are most noble: ‘so that you may know the truth’.
Luke, in just a few verses, presents the ethical and methodological basis of the work of KABU Press.