Language, identity, modernity: the Arabic study circle of Durban

 

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dc.contributor.author Jeppie, Shamil
dc.coverage.spatial Durban en_ZA
dc.coverage.spatial South Africa en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-23T12:16:31Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-23T12:16:31Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Jeppie, S. 2007. Language, identity, modernity: the Arabic study circle of Durban. Book. Cape Town: University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.isbn 978-07969-2175-8 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7656
dc.description.abstract This innovative study introduces readers to a fascinating world of linguistic, religious and cultural politics in the South African port city of Durban from around 1950, the world of the Arabic Study Circle. This work provides an intimate sense of who they were and how they operated, their visions, as well as their international connections and contexts. A fusion of linguistic, religious and ethnic groups with rich, diverse roots and intersecting histories make up South Africa. However, the literature on most of the smaller groups tends to be thin and uneven and often tends to relegate them to the margins of the country’s major narratives. This innovative study introduces readers to a fascinating world of linguistic, religious and cultural politics in the South African port city of Durban from around 1950, the world of the Arabic Study Circle. This Association was led by a group of largely middle class, Indian, Muslim Gujurati-speaking men who were passionate about breaking out of the narrow confines of their origins and connecting to a larger changing world of learning rooted in Arabic and an Islamic modernity. They were gentlemen who believed in the transformative powers of reading and conversation. They exemplify the broader process, common among educated but disadvantaged people in apartheid South Africa and across the decolonising world, of the search for meaning, community and authenticity. CONTENTS: 1.Introduction; 2.The setting: Durban, South Africa, circa 1950; 3.The founder and foundations; 4.Learn, speak, read – and study Arabic Talk; 5.Great performances; 6.Critics, dissidents and enemies; 7.Legacy and limits; Notes: References; Index. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher HSRC Press en_ZA
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) *
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dc.subject politics en_ZA
dc.subject 1950 society en_ZA
dc.subject Arab study circle en_ZA
dc.subject Arab en_ZA
dc.subject Islamic study circle en_ZA
dc.title Language, identity, modernity: the Arabic study circle of Durban en_ZA
dc.type Book en_ZA
uct.type.publication All en_ZA
uct.type.resource Book en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.publisher.location Cape Town en_ZA
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