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Title:A parallel mode of being: the Sanusiyyah and intellectual subversion in Cape Town, 1800-1840: part one, part two
Author:Rafudeen, AuwaisISNI
Periodical:Journal for the Study of Religion
Notes:Part 2 see Volume 18 #2, pp. 23-38
Geographic term:South Africa
History and Exploration
Urbanization and Migration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:Shaykh 'Abdullah ibn Qadi 'Abdus Salam (1712-1807), more commonly known in Cape Town as Tuan Guru or 'Esteemed Master', is generally acknowledged as the personality mainly responsible for the formal establishment of Islam in Cape Town. His legacy shaped the world view of the Cape Muslim community (slaves and free blacks) for the centuries to come. This world view is contained in Tuan Guru's transcription of a classic text on Islamic belief, entitled the 'Ummul Barahin' (The Demonstrative Proofs), together with one of its commentaries. The 'Ummul Barahin' was authored by a North African scholar, Shaykh Muhammad bin Yusuf al-Sanusi (1435/36-1490) and thus was also known as the Sanusiyyah. The first part of this two-part paper deals with the implications of the contents of the 'Ummul Barahin' and argues that the spectacular growth of Cape Islam at the turn of the 19th century was rooted in the ontology of the text. The second part locates its transmission within the sociopolitical context of the Cape at the turn of the 19th century. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]