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Title:Madrasahs and Moravians: Muslim educational institutions in the Cape colony, 1792 to 1910
Author:Shell, RobertISNI
Periodical:New contree: a journal of historical and human sciences for Southern Africa
Geographic terms:South Africa
The Cape
Subject:Islamic education
Abstract:The vigorous revival of Christian missionary activity in the Cape colony (South Africa) after 1792 with the return of the Moravians and the arrival of the London Missionary Society had little effect on Cape Town Muslims. By 1793 the Dorp Street school (madrasah) had been established. By then, many of the male slaves and the free black population in Cape Town were securely Muslim. The success of the Cape Town Muslim clerisy owed much to the schools the imams established in the colonial ports and some inland towns during the nineteenth century. In academic discussions of the 'first' or 'oldest ' school in South Africa only European schools are mentioned. The Cape madrasahs of the 1820s are overlooked. This article describes the madrasahs and Muslim education in the Cape colony in the nineteenth century. Notes, ref., sum. in Arabic and English. [Journal abstract]