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Title:South African Political Islam: A Preliminary Approach Towards Tracing the Call of Islam's Discourse(s) of Struggle
Author:Jhazbhay, IqbalISNI
Year:2002
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Volume:22
Issue:1
Period:April
Pages:225-231
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Islam
apartheid
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
Anthropology and Archaeology
nationalism
Politics and Government
politics
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/13602000220124935
Abstract:This paper undertakes a provisional study of one of South Africa's leading antiapartheid organizations, known as the 'Call of Islam', which was most active from its inception in 1984 until South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. The study examines how this Muslim group makes order out of fragments of disorder by establishing signifying boundaries (conceptual, epistemological) between the inside and outside of Islam, the constitution of essentialist identities (the apartheid State, oppression) and the construction of binary differences (believer/'kafir', us/them, ideals/facts on the ground). The author argues that in the world of Islam, it is increasingly not what is inside the texts of Islam that matters but rather it is the map of the borders - the textualization of reality - that has come to matter most. Three forces that stand out for their discursive power in the Call of Islam are examined, viz. interpretation (dignity for all and Koran interpretation), political context (ANC culture) and postmodernity's speed (the acceleration of a globalizing world). Note, ref.
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