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Bo-Kaap & Islam


Bo-Kaap & Islam

Author Ursula Stevens
First Published 2014
3rd Impression 2018
Format A5
ISBN 978 0958 4951 96
Cover Paperback, full colour
Pages 132, in colour
Recommended Retail Price South African Rand R280 + P&P

Bo-Kaap, what is it? The name, to some, conjures up an image of a district of Cape Town with colourful houses, eastern cooking and music. In reality though, there is far more to Bo-Kaap and “Bo-Kaap & Islam” helps to explore this.

Firstly, who lives here today? Its earliest residents in the latter days of the 17th century were European tradesmen who could ill afford houses in the town centre; subsequently Muslims purchased some of these properties which means that today’s population is predominantly made up of Muslims whose ancestors came, mostly, from the east. The book explores the intolerant attitude of the Dutch authorities towards Islam which took root at the Cape through banishment and slavery. With the advent of their religious freedom, mosques were built and the book explains and describes their history, as well as the turbulent history of the Muslim burial ground, the differences or divisions within the Muslim faith which helped shape the people of Bo-Kaap.


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