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Title:South Africa: The Role of a Muslim Minority in a Situation of Change
Author:Naudé, J.A.
Periodical:Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs
Geographic term:South Africa
national liberation movements
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02666959208716225
Abstract:The fact that Muslims represent such a small minority in South Africa limits their influence. In the present situation of transition and political change they participate actively in all spheres of political life, though generally speaking, not in a leading role. This paper describes internal debate amongst Muslims about the nature of their participation. The discussion of the issues involved is largely restricted to the southern region of the country. After a brief chronological survey of Muslim involvement in South African politics, attention is paid to the option of Muslim participation in revolutionary movements. The search of the revolutionary grouping is for an indigenous 'South African Islam', not influenced by international developments in the Muslim world. The most dominant tactical characteristic of this 'South African Islam' is its cooperation with non-Muslims. An examination of the Islamic justification of this approach shows how a valid application of the Koranic message to the South African situation must be worked out by the formulation of a new hermeneutical approach; the definition of Koranic terminology in terms of liberation, and an exegetical reinterpretation of the Koran. Finally, the option for evolutionary change and the nonparticipation option are briefly discussed. Notes, ref.