The Afrikaans of the Cape MuslimsBy Achmat Davids

posted 7 Oct 2011, 07:08 by Aljaamiah Academy Administration   [ updated 7 Oct 2011, 07:30 ]
Earlier scholars described the existence of Arabic-Afrikaans in the 1960s but it is only with AchmatDavids’s study The Afrikaans of the Cape Muslims that a comprehensive socio historical record emerges of Cape Muslim Afrikaans, its speakers, writers and traditions. In many respects this is a path-breaking study that broadens our understanding of the linguistic nature of Afrikaans as it was spoken among a significant section of the people of Cape Town. The author explores the origins and make-up of 19th and early 20th century Cape Muslim society, the development of Arabic-Afrikaans as a written script over a period of hundred years and the ways in which it was disseminated through local madrassas, as well as its pioneering writers and personalities. Most noteworthy is David’s original insight of rereading the existing Arabic-Afrikaans texts in terms of the Islamic reading practice of tajwid, allowing him to determine what early Afrikaans sounded like.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Achmat Davids is known for his numerous popular and scholarly articles and book publications, among them Mosques of the Bo-Kaap (1980) and The History of the Tana Baru (1985). The Afrikaans of the Cape Muslims is a thoroughly edited version of his master’s study completed at the University of Natal in 1991. Davids (59) died on Tuesday, 15 September 1998 in Cape Town.

ABOUT THE EDITORS Suleman E. Dangor has published on Arabic-Afrikaans and Islamic Civilizations and Theology. He is Emeritus Professor of Islamic Studies in the School of Religion and Theology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.Hein Willemse is Professor of Literature, Department of Afrikaans, University of Pretoria and has published on the oral and written traditions of Afrikaans and South African Literature.

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