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Muslim Cosmopolitanism in Question

  • Samadia SadouniEmail author
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Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Abstract

Sadouni gives a socio-historical study of Fietas, where Somalis settled after the Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902) and which was a policed territorial unity giving meaning to a sense of urban belonging for the different populations who inhabited it (such as coloureds, Indians, Chinese, Africans and Malays). The chapter draws attention to the Muslim urban spatiality in Johannesburg, which needs to be understood as the spatial organisation of religious relations in the specific context of the city’s CBD. Religion plays a role for Somalis, who were finally classified as Malays following the intervention of a representative of the Ottoman empire, Sheikh Ahmed Effendi, in 1904. The analysis of the data collected in the National Archives of Pretoria contributes to reconstructing Somalis’ memory of an earlier presence in South Africa.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LyonSciences Po LyonLyonFrance

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