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Title:Ahmed Deedat, internationalisation, and transformations of Islamic polemic
Author:Sadouni, SamadiaISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa (ISSN 0022-4200)
Volume:43
Issue:1
Pages:53-73
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Islam
Christianity
interreligious relations
globalization
About person:Ahmad Husayn Didat (1918-2005)ISNI
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/15700666-12341244
Abstract:The South African preacher, Ahmed Deedat, has developed a specific discourse on the nature of relations between Muslims and other religions through polemic and public debates. This paper describes the mechanisms of the circulation of his thought and activities and its political character. Deedat is a relevant actor in 'Muslim politics' who has not been thoroughly studied in the field of Muslim proselytism. His political activities were inscribed first in the long history of 'munazara' (debate, dispute) in India and then in the desire to internationalize his religious ideas in public platforms and media. His ideology has also been reappropriated by other television preachers, especially in Mumbai, through the example of Zakir Nak. The historical and the political approaches of this paper provide a better understanding of the internationalization and transformations of Islamic polemics. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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