Exploring the foundations of an Islamic identity in a global context : a study of the nature and origins of Cape Muslim identity.
Baker, Abdul Taliep.
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This thesis primarily deals with the nature and ori gins of Cape Muslim identity. The purpose of this study is to (1) define the nature of Cape M uslim 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 M uslim identity is unique and distinguishes itself through adherence to certain r ites and ceremonies, primarily derived from a Malay/Indonesian type of Islam, as established by r eligious leaders who came from those regions. This study explores this assumption and at tempts to determine the extent of Malay/Indonesian Islam on Cape Muslim rites and cer emonies. The study also identifies the contemporary ideologi cal and theological formations that challenge Cape Muslim identity.