oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Presedente vir die Kaapse moskee I: agtergrond vir die gebou as historiese teks
The origins of the slaves brought to the Cape from the time of Van Riebeeck till the beginning of the nineteenth century remains a fecund field of study. So too the arrival and founding of Islam in South Africa. Diverse sources are available for research. They are presented and a further source, those buildings erected for prayer, are proposed. Prior to reading the building as text, it is thought necessary to familiarise oneself with the arrival, growth and nature of the religion in likely places of origin. A cursory investigation of Islam in India and the Archipelago of present day Malaysia and Indonesia makes it clear that the religion was in a process of establishing itself and that it was influenced by local theologies. It is anticipated that aspects of specific religious customs and the architectural principles of building have been transported to the Cape.
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