Browsing Category Muslims in South Africa

GROWING UP MUSLIM, the five pillars of Islam
30 minutes, DVD, , No Date. OUT OF PRINT
A documentary featuring two children, Aa-isha Valley, aged 9, and Hafeez Sonday, aged 15, who explain the five pillars of Islam, basic acts considered obligatory by believers: "shahada" (the Islamic creed), "salat" (daily prayers), "zakat" (almsgiving), "sawm" (fasting during the month of Ramadan), and "hajj" (pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime).

The children also talk about how it feels to live as a Muslim in Cape Town. The film includes commentary from Imam Rashied Omar from Clarement Mosque.
Baderoon (G.) REGARDING MUSLIMS, from slavery to post-apartheid
207 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R320
Gabeba Baderoon explores the 350-year archive of images documenting Muslims in South Africa and analyses how these images reveal the contributions Muslims have brought to the South African narratives of colonialism, apartheid and post-apartheid.

"Drawing on the by now extensive scholarship on slavery at the Cape, Gabeba Baderoon guides us through the labyrinth of racial and cultural stereotyping which for centuries minimised Islam and obscured Muslims as actors in South African history. Intellecutally sophisticated in its explorations of material culture, iconography, and of media rhetoric, yet lively in style and engagingly personal in presentation, 'Regarding Muslims' is a welcome contribution to the revisionist project under way in South Africa." J.M.Coetzee

"This is the book we have all been waiting for - Baderoon mainstreams Islam in South African cultural history and produces a dazzling array of re-readings and re-alignments. This deeply original book inserts Islamicate intellectual traditions back into South African public life and makes us re-envision both. Written with the lucidity and imagination of a poet, this book helps us appreciate the multiple inheritances of South Africa and the intellectual riches that result from taking these seriously." Isabel Hofmeyr, Professor of African Literature, University of Witwatersrand and Visiting Global Distinguished Professor, New York University

Poet and academic Gabeba Baderoon is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University and an Extraordinary Professor of English at Stellenbosch University.
Dangor (S.) comp. MUSLIM TRADERS IN NATAL, "the first 100 years", a biographical sketch book
95 pp., 4to., maps, illus., hardback, Durban, 2011. R406
This book focuses of Muslim pioneers in business in KwaZulu-Natal. These traders, who originated from the Gujarat region of India, began arriving as "passenger Indians" in 1869.

"This publication does not intend to be a critical account of the history of early Muslim traders. It is intended to celebrate their achievements and contributions to the community and to the nation at large." from the preface

Suleman Dangor is a professor at the Centre for Islamic Studies, School of Religion & Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Darries (F.) & (G.) ZANDVLIET, Cape Town's Islamic heritage
79 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R135
A history of Zandvliet, a farm situated fifteen kilometres outside Stellenbosch, between the Hottentot Holland mountains and the Indian Ocean. Today it is made up of three parts: Sandvlei, Kramat and Macassar. In 1694 the Dutch East India Company banished Abadin Tadia Tjoessoep (1626–1699), more commonly known as Sheikh Yusuf of Makassar, an Indonesian Muslim of noble descent, with his family and retinue, to the Cape of Good Hope. They were settled on the farm Zandvliet. A pioneer of Islamic jurisprudence, he began to preach and teach. Although there were already some Muslims at the Cape before Yusuf arrived, he is regarded as the founder of Islamic faith at the Cape. Local Muslims regularly visit his Kramat, near Faure.
Davids (A.) THE AFRIKAANS OF THE CAPE MUSLIMS, from 1815 to 1915
318 pp., map, paperback, Pretoria, 2011. OUT OF PRINT
Edited by Hein Willemse and Suleman E.Dangor.

Achmat Davids examines the Arabic-Afrikaans literary tradition of the Cape Muslim community and traces the emergence of Afrikaans "a'jami" texts, i.e. Afrikaans texts in Arabic script distributed or published at the Cape of Good Hope from early nineteeth century to 1915.

Achmat Davids (1939-1998) published extensively on the heritage, culture and language of the Muslim community of Cape Town. His publications include "Mosques of the Bo-Kaap" (1980), "The History of the Tana Baru" (1985) and "Pages from Cape Muslim History" (1994).
Ebrahim (M.) SHAYKH ISMAIL HANIF EDWARDS, his life and works
272 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2004) 2011. R125
Reprint of the biography of Shaykh Ismail Hanif Edwards(1906-1958) that examines his literary contribution and the influence he had on the Muslims of Cape Town. He served as an imām at the Nūr al-Islām Masjid in Buitengracht Street and at the Muhammaddiyya Mosque, and published around thirty works on Islāmic jurisprudence, Arabic grammar, Qur’ānic recital and other topics.
Ebrahim (M.) SHAYKH MUHAMMAD SALIE DIEN, a leader of distinction
475 pp., illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2012 . R265
A biography of Shaykh Dien, born in Wynberg in 1920. A qualified teacher, he pursued Islamic studies in Cairo from 1947 to 1956. On his return to Cape Town, he lectured in various mosques around Cape Town, and was appointed Imam of Masjid al-Salaam in Belgravia Estate in 1959. He served this community for fifty years. An opponent of the apartheid state, he was interrogated by the security branch on a number of occasions. He was also responsible for establishing the Islamic Welfare Society in 1959. The University of the Western Cape bestowed an Honorary Doctorate on the 90-year-old Shaykh at his bedside in June 2010, shortly before he died.
Gamieldien (F.) THE HISTORY OF THE CLAREMONT MAIN ROAD MOSQUE, ITS PEOPLE AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO ISLAM IN SOUTH AFRICA,
148 pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2004. OUT OF PRINT
This book was published as part of the 150 years commemoration of the Mosque's founding.
Hendricks (P.) ed. HIJAB, unveiling queer Muslim lives
208 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2009. R135
A collection of short biographies by South African Muslims who have struggled to reconcile their spirituality and their sexuality. "Hijab" is the Arabic word meaning "to veil", "to cover" or "to shelter".
Rhoda (E.) et al THE STRAND MUSLIM COMMUNITY, 1822-1966, a historical overview
261 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R275
A history of the Muslim community based in the Strand, a town on the False Bay coast outside Cape Town.

Ebrahim Rhoda grew up in the Strand. He was a founder member of the Strand Moslem Council, the Macassar Moslem Council and the Cape Family Research Forum.
Stevens (U.) BO-KAAP & ISLAM,
132 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R125
Foreword by Robert Shell.

Teacher and tour guide Ursula Stevens' history of the Bo-Kaap. She focuses especially on the various mosques found in the neighbourhood and on how the religion of Islam has shaped the community.
Vahed (G.) & Waetjen (T.) SCHOOLING MUSLIMS IN NATAL, identity, state and the Orient Islamic Educational Institute
457pp., illus., maps, paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2015. R475
A history of the Orient Islamic Educational Institute, founded in 1943, and their Orient Islamic School in Durban.

"This engrossing account of the vision and history of the Orient School in KwaZulu-Natal is illuminated by deep research and intimate experience. The book illustrates the role of education in shaping new communities out of the divisions of colonial, apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. Vahed and Waetjen show how the Orient enabled Muslims to envision a new future around notions of resistance, collective action and a religious modernity. This is a much-needed contribution to the scholarship on education, Islam and the shaping of identity in South Africa." Gabeba Baderoon, Co-Director of the African Feminist Initiative at Pennsylvania State University and Extraordinary Professor of English at Stellenbosch University

"Goolam Vahed and Thembisa Waetjen have given us a lucid and penetrating account of schooling Muslims in KwaZulu-Natal. It links an Indian Muslim schooling tradition to broader educational movements in public life, to local and global trends, all within a clearly articulated political context. Every page and chapter brims with insights and detailed information on the story of Indians and Muslims as they navigated identity, racial politics, Islamic modernity and post-apartheid education politics. Even though the book focuses on one schooling tradition, it sheds light on other initiatives among Muslims, Indians and peoples in general in South Africa. This volume sets up a high bar, and invites scholars and academics to tell the many untold stories of education in South Africa" Abdulkader Tayob, Professor of Religious Studies and NRF Chair of Islam, African Publics and Religious Values, Unniversity of Cape Town

Goolam Vahed is an Associate Professor of History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His recent books include "Chatsworth: the making of a South African township", edited with Ashwin Desai, and "Crossing Space and Time in the Indian Ocean: early Indian traders in Natal, a biographical study", co-authored with Surendra Bhana.
Historian Thembisa Waetjen is currently an Honorary Research Associate in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the Durban University of Technology. She is also the author of "Workers and Warriors" and "Gender, Modernity and Indian Delights: the Women's Cultural Group of Durban, 1954-2910", co-authored with Goolam Vahed.
Vahed (G.) comp. MUSLIM PORTRAITS, the anti-apartheid struggle
387 pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2012. R215
Short biographies of South African Muslims who were involved in South Africa's liberation struggle: Abdul Kader Asmal, Omar Badsha, Amina Cachalia, Yusuf Dadoo, Barney Desai, Jessie Duarte, Farid Esack, Cissie Gool, Johnny Issel, Zubeida Jaffer, Ahmed Kathrada, Omaruddin Don Mattera, Fatima Meer, Vali Moosa, 'Dullah' Omar, Aziz Pahad, Naledi Pandor, Ebrahim Patel, Ebrahim Rasool, Dawood Seedat, Moe Shaikh, and many more.

Forewords by Ahmed Kathrada and Ebrahim Rassool.