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Title:Contesting 'orthodoxy': The Tablighi-Sunni conflict among South African Muslims in the 1970s and 1980s
Author:Vahed, Goolam H.M.
Year:2003
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Volume:23
Issue:2
Period:October
Pages:313-334
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Islam
social conflicts
Indians
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
revival & reform
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/1360200032000139956
Abstract:Muslims constitute less than 2 percent of South Africa's population. In a context where divisions of race, ethnicity and class predominated, schisms among South Africa's Muslims have been largely overlooked in the country's historiography. The most obvious distinction is between Indian and Malay Muslims. But deep differences also exist among Indian Muslims due to distinctions of locality, class, ethnicity and language. This paper traces the genesis of these differences, with particular emphasis on the upsurge of conflict between Tablighi and Sunni Muslims during the 1970s and 1980s as a result of attempts by reformist Islam to eradicate entrenched popular practices. The ensuing contestation of belief and practices led to significant transformation of identity among reformists as well as defenders of 'tradition' among South African Muslims. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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