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Title:Muslims in South Africa: The Quest for Justice
Author:Esack, Farid
Periodical:Bulletin on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
political conflicts
Religion and Witchcraft
Ethnic and Race Relations
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Observers of the South African scene have been struck by the groundswell of Muslim involvement in the struggle against apartheid. In the Cape especially, during any form of political demonstration, the chant of 'Allahu Akbar', the Palestinian scarves and the white fezzes are always present. Until 1983, these were essentially symbols of docility and ritualism, but in the space of three years they have been seen and heard in political rallies, in marches, and on the streets engaging the police and army. This paper discusses some of the issues, tensions, and debates dominating the Muslim involvement in the quest for justice in South Africa. Notes, ref.