By: Goolam Vahed
University of KwaZulu-Natal Associate Professor Goolam Vahed provides us with perspectives on the integration experience of South African Muslims and the diversity that characterises the Muslim community.
Islam is a minority religion in South Africa. Numbering around one million, Muslims make up less than 2 per cent of the population of 52 million. Around 90 percent of Muslims are termed “Indian” and “Malay” Muslims.
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Rape has been common occurrence in India. Since independence no government took any notice, leave alone any substantial step, to deal with this burning issue. Over the years rape has become accepted norm in the society that there are around 100 members in Lok Sabha accused of rape and murder.
By : Mohammed Jehan Khan
Today the development of the modern nation states (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) throughout the Indian subcontinent is a fascinating and heartbreaking process. 67 years ago, subcontinent muslims were a part of the British Raj, a large multi-ethnic state which came under the British empire. This period of the subcontinent, is what most scholars refer as the golden age of South Asian muslims.
By : Michael Wolfe
Given recent history, it’s a story that deserves retelling.
Noor Inayat Khan led a very unusual life. She was born in 1914 to an Indian Sufi mystic of noble lineage and an American half-sister of Perry Baker, often credited with introducing yoga into America. As a child, she and her parents escaped the chaos of revolutionary Moscow in a carriage belonging to Tolstoy’s son. Raised in Paris in a mansion filled with her father’s students and devotees, Khan became a virtuoso of the harp and the veena, dressed in Western clothes, graduated from the Sorbonne and published a book of children’s tales — all before she was 25.