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Title:Da'wah movements and Sufi tariqahs: Competing for spiritual spaces in contemporary South(ern) Africa
Author:Haron, MuhammedISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Volume:25
Issue:2
Period:August
Pages:261-285
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:Muslim brotherhoods
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
da'wa
Sufism
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/13602000500114157
Abstract:This paper provides a survey of the contemporary 'da'wah' movements and Sufi orders ('tariqah') that have redefined and reformulated some of the social institutions among the Muslim community in South Africa. After a theoretical discussion of the definition of movements and orders, the paper provides a brief overview of Islam's presence in contemporary southern Africa. This is followed by a historical review of the various Sufi 'tariqahs' and Muslim movements in the region, focusing on the Tabligh Jama'at and including the Chistiyyah, Murabitun, Qadriyyah, Alawiyyah and Naqshbandi 'tariqahs'. In the final section of the paper comparisons are made between the growth of 'da'wah' movements and Sufi 'tariqahs' and the reasons for their relative influences and successes are analysed. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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