AHMED DEEDAT, the man and his mission

: Vahed (G.)

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288pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2013


Ahmed Hoosen Deedat (1918 – 2005) was a South African writer and public speaker of Indian descent. A Muslim missionary, he held inter-religious public debates with evangelical Christians, as well as video lectures on Islam, Christianity, and the Bible. He also established an international Islamic missionary organisation, IPCI, and wrote several booklets on Islam and Christianity.

"As provocative as he may have been, 'Shaikh' Ahmed Deedat gave dignity to millions of Muslims worldwide. In their minds, 'Shaikh' Deedat confronted the white man and prompted the most powerful nations to remember that Islam, misunderstood and marginalised by most Christian theologians, still had a voice." Shafiq Morton, "Muslim Views", South Africa

Goolam Vahed is Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His other books include "Blacks in Whites: sporting struggles in KwaZulu-Natal" "Inside Indian Indenture: a South African story, 1860-1914" and "Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa, 1893-1914".