Sociology and Anthropology

The Emerging of Islam in an African Township

While Islam is a fairly dominant religion in Africa, it is very small and has been treated as insignificant in southern Africa. For example Trimingham, in his survey of the phases of Islamic expansion in Africa, makes the dismissive comment: “Islam’s penetration into central and south Africa is so slight that it may be ignored.”

The presence of Muslims in South Africa, albeit a small percentage of the total population, cannot easily be ignored in terms of their social, economic, and political contribution to the country as individuals, as members of an ethnic group, or as a religious minority.

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