Religious Community Governance in Solidarity

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


The chapter draws attention to the context of church–state relations in post-apartheid South Africa, where Somalis have deployed a religious community governance similar to that of South African Indian Muslims. Religion and governance will be at the centre of the analysis of a Muslim moral economy led by Muslim NGOs and also by the Muslim Amal plaza in Johannesburg. Sadouni demonstrates how urban Islam is able to transcend xenophobic sentiments against foreigners, and especially Somalis in Mayfair, and compete with state governance. Religion and diaspora can represent important and legitimate incentives for building market-based policies in an urban religious community which can supplement or even replace state policies and provide better security.


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  1. 1.University of LyonSciences Po LyonLyonFrance

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