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Title:The establishment and consolidation of Islam in South Africa: from the Dutch colonisation of the Cape to the present
Author:Dangor, Suleman E.ISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Volume:48
Issue:1
Pages:203-220
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:Islamic history
Abstract:The Muslims of South Africa have diverse origins and were drawn from a medley of social classes, ranging from slaves to kings. Due to the fact that slaves at the Cape in the 17th and 18th centuries and the indentured labourers in Natal in the 19th century shared the same residential quarters or areas, a syncretic form of Islam developed in both regions. The subsequent emergence of institutional Islam can be attributed to the establishment of the mosque and 'madrasah' (Islamic school). Islam was further consolidated through numerous community-based organizations. Slaves and ex-convicts, indenturd workers and traders, as well as later migrant workers have all contributed to the South African economy. The early theological debate at the Cape and the more recent debates in Natal and the former Transvaal have given way to the current discourse surrounding the principle and form of recognition of Muslim personal law by the State. The participation of individuals and formations in the liberation struggle has ensured Muslim representation at various levels of government. In their search for identity in the new political dispensation, Muslims are being challenged to evolve an indigenous Islam. Notes, sum. in English (p. iii) and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]
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