oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Presendente vir die Kaapse moskee II: oorsprong vir die gebou as historiese teks

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



This, the second of three essays on the origins of the Cape mosque as building type, is an attempt at determining more specifically the places of origin of the Cape Muslims. The following three aspects are investigated: the custom of the re-1IlIlIIing of slaves, Muslim practices - considered unorthodox - and the origins of the first leaders. Although none of these is a new direction of investigation, previously cited sources are re-examined and neglected sources brought to the debate. Architectural precedent becomes important if the design and mature appearance of the first local mosques is to be explained. The mosques in the probable places of origin, India and Archipelagos, are sourced and described. These two preceding essays then serve as source for the third dealing with the Cape building type.

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