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INDIAN INDENTURE: SPEAKING ACROSS THE OCEANS

This paper argues that research on Indian indentured labour needs to move beyond the conceptual limitations imposed by the neo-slavery / Tinkerian paradigm, which has focused excessively on the extent to which the indentured experience was (or was not) little more than “a new system of slavery” 

Gender, Citizenship and Power The Westcliff Flats Residents Association

The post-apartheid period has witnessed a mushrooming of activity by civic organizations in South Africa. This paper focuses on a group of women in Westcliff, Chatsworth, who have been persevering against difficult odds over the past two decades.

Chatsworth Between Continuity and Change.

Chatsworth was established as a township for Indians in the early 1960s by the apartheid government. The expansion of education and growth of industry from the 1960s resulted in the economic mobility of many Indians. This was reflected in the extensions to houses and …

THE DIASPORA AT HOME: INDIAN VIEWS AND THE MAKING OF ZULEIKHA MAYAT'S PUBLIC VOICE

This article examines how the Gujarati-speaking Muslim trading class in South(ern) Africa was linked as a reading public through a newspaper, Indian Views, which had been founded in early twentieth-century Durban in opposition to Mahatma Gandhi's Indian Opinion.

Race, class and nationalism : the 1947 visit of Monty Naicker and Yusuf Dadoo to India, 1947

This article focuses on a 1947 tour of India by two South African Indian doctors, Yusuf Dadoo and GM (Monty) Naicker, during which they met with Mohandas K Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru and attended the All-Asia Conference.

Between Apartheid and Neoliberalism in Durban’s Indian Quarter

A drive from Durban's beaches towards the once bustling ''Indian quarter''will lead to a confluence of three streets: Monty Naicker, Alfred Bitini Xuma, and Yusuf Dadoo.

Identity and Belonging in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Case of Indian South Africans

This paper examines Indian identities in the post-apartheid period, focusing in particular on the vexed issues of identity and belonging.

Ahmed Deedat and Muslim-ChristianRelations at the Cape, c. 1960-1980

This paper establishes the historical context of Muslim-Christian relations at the Cape, the role played by Ahmed Deedat in this relationship, and the public reaction to his role.

The Viability of Islamic Banking and Finance in a Capitalist Economy: A South African Case Study

Muslims in post-apartheid South Africa have been seeking to introduce stricter Islamic codes in the public and private domains to redefine the kind of Muslims they want to be.

Young Muslims in Brisbane: Negotiating Cultural Identity and Alienation

This paper examines, broadly, the religious, cultural and national identities, and self- perceptions of young Muslims in Brisbane and the social, economic, and political context in which these are being configured.  While Australia's migrant intake has been racially …

Islam in the Public Sphere in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Prospects and Challenges

The Islamic presence in South Africa dates over three centuries.

THE BEARDS" VERSUS THE "BARD'S" AMONG INDIAN MUSLIMS IN SOUTH AFRICA: A 21st Century Story of Travelling Cartoons and Protests

This paper examines Indian Muslims in post-apartheid South Africa, with particular respect to the inclination by non-Muslims to view Muslims as a

Beyond Apartheid: Race, Transformation and Governance in KwaZulu-Natal Cricket

In February 1990 South African President FW de Klerk unbanned the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Pan African Congress (PAC), allowing these organisations to return to 'normal'and active politics within the country after an absence of almost three

CONTESTING MEANINGS AND AUTHENTICITY: INDIAN ISLAM AND MUHARRAM "PERFORMANCES" IN DURBAN, 2002

This paper examines Muharram rituals in present-day Indian Islam in South Africa.

Passengers, Partnerships, and Promissory Notes: Gujarati Traders in Colonial Natal, 1870-1920

There were no complicated business arrangements. People trusted each other in those days. When you opened a shop, you would do your utmost to pay your creditors first... To be insolvent was a stigma. Traders tried to help one another. They helped others to open a shop.

"A man of keen perceptive faculties" : Aboobaker Amod Jhaveri, an "Arab" in Colonial Natal, circa 1872-1887

Indians arrived in South Africa in two streams. Between 1860 and 1911, a total of 152 184 indentured labourers were introduced into colonial Natal mainly to work on the sugar plantations, though some were employed in other sectors of the economy. This initial flow …

Managing South African transformation: the story of cricket in KwaZulu-Natal, 1994–2004

Sport has historically been an important element of South African popular culture, even though it was divided along racial lines for much of the country's history. In post-apartheid South Africa, sport is seen by politicians, sports officials and many ordinary people as a …

The Quest for 'Malay' identity in Apartheid South Africa

This study examines identity construction in twentieth-century South Africa, where successive white minority regimes attempted to define individuals according to reified notions of race and ethnicity, and demarcate 'race' groups deemed to have essential origins from other similarly constructed gr

Contesting ‘Orthodoxy’: The Tablighi–Sunni Conflict among South African Muslims in the 1970s and 1980s

Muslims constitute less than 2% of South Africa's population. In a context where divisions of race, ethnicity and class predominated, schisms among South Africa's Muslims have been largely overlooked in the country's historiography.

Muslim Marriages in South Africa: The limitations and legacy of the Indian Relief Act of 1914

Many Muslims in post-apartheid South Africa have been seeking to use the new freedoms of a democratic state and its liberal constitution to pursue distinctive rights as part of a broader project to construct new and tighter Islamic codes in public and private domains.

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