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Title:Changing Islamic Traditions and Emerging Identities in South Africa
Author:Vahed, Goolam H.
Year:2000
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Volume:20
Issue:1
Period:April
Pages:43-73
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:identity
Islam
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/13602000050008898
Abstract:The deracialization of South African society in the midst of accelerating economic and cultural globalization has set in motion profound social, cultural and political changes that have confronted the existing notions of identity of most South Africans. Muslims attempting to grapple with the questions posed by modernity and social diversity feel a sense of vulnerability and weakness in the face of these challenges and have found strength in Islam as a source of stability and identity. Islam has become the core of their identity and is rapidly replacing ethnicity, language, class and regionalism as the basis of personal identity. The greater 'piety' is reflected in a more avid pursuit of Islamic knowledge, the sending of children to Muslim and Islamic schools, changes in dress codes and generally, being more regular in the observance of rituals. The paper focuses on the Indian Muslims of Durban, South Africa. Notes, ref.
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