oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Presedente vir die Kaapse moskee IV: 'n bespreking van die gebou as teks
This series of articles has examined the possible origins, in the Cape, of Islam and its mosques, as well as their physical appearance. From this examination recognisable types have been identified and a pattern of change discerned. In conclusion possible reasons for the existence of these types as well as their succession are given, with the building investigated as primary source; the reasons are suppression of all religious expression other than Dutch Protestantism; severance of ties with places of origin; the pilgrimage and road to Mecca. The elements which comprise mosques are compared. Even these mirror the process of adaptation and change in the understanding of the way in which mosques are built, away from the Islamic heartland or the motherlands of the first South African Muslims. To further explore the building as source, it is also necessity to carefully investigate its construction. Finally the mosques of the Indian and East African coasts are indicated as fields for further study.
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