FROM THE SPICE ISLANDS TO CAPE TOWN, the life and times of Tuan Guru

: Morton (S.)

R 230.00
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169pp., colour illus., paperback, (Cape Town), 2018.


Tuan Guru is a descendant of Sunan Gunung Jati, the founding father of Indosesian Islam who became the Sultan of Banten and Cirebon in Java during the late 1400s. In 1646 Tuan Guru's grandfather, Habib 'Umar Rahmat al-Faruq, travelled from Cirebon to the Moluccan island chain to spread Islam. He settled on the island of Tidore and became a member of the Sultan's household. Tuan Guru, or Imam 'Abdullah bin Qadi 'Abd al-Salam, was born in 1712. The Dutch East India Company, fearful of rebellion, detained him in Batavia and then exiled him to the Cape in 1780 where he was incarcerated on Robben Island. On his release in 1793 he went to live in Dorp Street, Cape Town, and established a madrasah [religious school], the first in the country. He died in 1807 and is buried at Tana Baru.

Shafiq Morton is a photojournalist, editor and radio and TV presenter. Currently he presents the current affairs Drivetime show at Voice of the Cape. In 2008 he won the National Vodacom Award for community media.