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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


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.

Deconstructing ‘Indianness’: Cricket and the Articulation of Indian Identities in Durban, 1900–32

Indian immigrants arrived in South Africa in two waves; approximately 150,000 indentured laborers imported between 1860 and 1911 were followed by traders from the west coast of India.

Taking up the white man's game : the rise and decline of African cricket in Durban, 1930-1960

Om die wit spel op te neem: die opkoms en agteruitgang van Swart krieket in Durban, 1930- 1960 Met die 2003-kriekettoetsreeks tussen Engeland en Suid-Afrika was Engelse kommentators Jonathan Agnew en Henry Blofeld opreg verbaas toe kopieë van André Odendaal se The Story of an African Game (2003)

Cultural Confrontation: Race, Politics and Cricket in South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s

This narrative of Yacoob Omar, one of South Africa's finest Black2 cricketers during the apartheid era, is more than a story about cricket.


This article is concerned with the historical construction of communities, cultures and identities in colonial Natal, in this case an Indian grouping that emerged from the heterogeneous collection of indentured workers imported between 1860 and 1911.

Race or class? community and conflict amongst Indian municipal employees in Durban, 1914-1949

This article explores different facets of South African Indian identity between 1914 and 1949 by focusing on the Indian municipal workers resident in Magazine Barracks, Durban.


In October 1913 approximately 20,000 Indian workers joined Mahatma Gandhi's campaign of resistance against the South African government. This was a spontaneous outburst against terrible working conditions and a realisation that the£ 3 poll tax on free Indians meant perpetual indenture.

Uprooting, Re-rooting:Culture, Religion and Community among Indentured Muslim Migrants in Colonial Natal, 1860–1911

This article considers issues relating to religion and culture among Indian Muslims in Natal which imported 152 184 indentured workers from British India between 1860 and 191 1.


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