Exploring the foundations of an Islamic identity in a global context : a study of the nature and origins of Cape Muslim identity (Thesis, 2009)
This thesis primarily deals with the nature and origins of Cape Muslim identity. The purpose
of this study is to (1) define the nature of Cape Muslim identity (2) explore the origins of Cape
Muslim identity (3) identify the factors impacting on Cape Muslim identity (4) and assess the
response of Cape Muslims to the challenges to their identity.
The hypothesis underlying this study is that Cape Muslim identity is unique and
distinguishes itself through adherence to certain rites and ceremonies, primarily derived from a
Malay/Indonesian type of Islam, as established by religious leaders who came from those
regions. This study explores this assumption and attempts to determine the extent of
Malay/Indonesian Islam on Cape Muslim rites and ceremonies.
The study also identifies the contemporary ideological and theological formations that
challenge Cape Muslim identity.