New Arrivals 3rd to 9th of October 2014

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.
Ebrahim (M.) SHAYKH MUHAMMAD SALIE DIEN, a leader of distinction
475 pp., illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2012. R285
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.
224 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R175
Based on Christian Lander's book, "Stuff White People Like", published in the USA, this book offers humorous short essays on what white South Africans like, such as coffee, film festivals, Madiba, NGOs, Rodriquez, marathons, brunch, renovations, sushi, the Western Cape Provincial Government, threatening to emigrate, "Ubuntu", The Public Protector, talk radio, Tim Noakes, Carrol Boyes, and more.

Hagen Engler, former editor of FHM magazine, is also the author of "Marrying Black Girls for Guys who aren't Black". He lives in Johannesburg.
164 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R200
A collection of Eric Miyeni's newspaper columns published in Afropolitan magazine and The Sowetan, on subjects ranging from Julius Malema and Brenda Fassie to the true cost of crime, corruption, and the need for excellence in South Africa.

Actor, writer and filmmaker Eric Miyeni is also the author of "The Only Black at a Dinner Party" and the novel, "The Release". He lives in Johannesburg.
Okai (A.) MANDELA THE SPEAR, and other poems
131 pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, (2008) 2013. R188
This book was first published in Ghana in 2008.

A collection of poems by Ghanaian poet, Atukwei Okai.

Atukwei Okai was born in Accra in 1941. He is the Secretary- General of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA). He taught Russian literature at the University of Ghana and from 1984 to 2001 was Senior Research Fellow in African Literature at the Institute of African Studies. Currently he is Head of the GaDangme Education Department at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. His poems have been translated into many languages.
165 pp., paperback, Penguin, 2014. R195
An analysis of Reeva Steenkamp's death and the Oscar Pistorius trial by journalist Ilse Salzwedel.

Text in Afrikaans.
Wessels (A.) THE ANGLO-BOER WAR 1899-1902, white man's war, black man's war, traumatic war
213 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Bloemfontein, 2011. R350
A brief history of the Anglo-Boer War, with special reference to the role played by black people, coloured people, and people of Asian origin.

André Wessels is Senior Professor of History and Chairperson of the Department of History at the University of the Free State.

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