Experience of Muslims in South Africa

  • Muhammed Haron
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South Africa’s Muslims, who form an integral part of a secular society that has been affected by the respective imperialist and apartheid governments’ series of discriminatory policies between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries, like other religious minorities have been working toward building a democratic nation during the post-apartheid period. Since they have used all their resources at their disposal to make their inputs at different levels of the South African society during this period, this chapter intends to share their experience by providing an overview of their contribution. However, before doing the latter, the chapter aims to narrate this community’s evolution. The chapter, moreover, plans to address the South African Muslim identity by (a) reflecting on developments during the first part of the century that form part of the imperial era (circa 1910–1948), (b) assessing their activities during the apartheid era (circa 1948–1994), and (c) zooming in on their involvement in civic affairs in the post-apartheid era (circa 1994–2017). While certain parts offer a cursory synopsis of specific socio-political and economic developments, other sections provide detailed insights into educational and cultural aspects. As an important backdrop, it begins by narrating the status of the “founding fathers” in this community’s eyes.


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  1. 1.Theology and Religion StudiesUniversity of BotswanaGaboroneBotswana
  2. 2.Faculty of Theology and ReligionUniversity of PretoriaJohannesburgSouth Africa

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