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16 - 18 September 2022

Islamia College, Lansdowne, Cape Town, South Africa


16 - 18 September 2022

Cape Town, South Africa

The 3rd International congress on “Islamic Civilisation in Southern Africa” is jointly organised by IRCICA the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture institute of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Awqaf South Africa, the University of the Western Cape and supported by Islamia College & others.

The congress will examine topics such as The spread of Islam in Southern Africa; the relationship between trade and Islam; language and Islamic literature; Islamic education and intellectual development; history, contribution, and challenges; colonialism and democracy; coexistence of cultures; arts and crafts, architecture, and archaeology; future perspectives; Muslim media; influential figures; establishment of financial institutions; community-state relations & NGOs.

Papers will be presented by a range of scholars from the SADC Region and beyond.


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Saturday, 17 September 2022

10:00am - 16:30pm
Islamia Hall

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Panel Information & Speaker Bios



Programme: Day 1


Islamia Auditorium


Mr. Nazir Osman - Chairman Islamia College

Zeinoul Abedien Cajee - Awqaf SA CEO

Prof. AB Senghore - Deputy Director General IRCICA

Mr Rhazoui Lhoucine - Director of Cultural Affairs OIC

The Honourable Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis - Opening Remarks by the Executive Mayor City of Cape Town

Advocate Hafez AB Mohamed - Opening Remarks Chairman IPSA

Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool -Opening Remarks to the Congress

8:55am - 10:00am

Panel 1: Muslim Communities - Question of Identity

Chairperson: Prof. Suleman Dangor (UKZN) Bio


Sh. Zaid Langa (Unisa) Islam in South African Townships and Rural Areas: A Phenomenological Approach. 

Bio I Presentation  

Mr. Themba Fakude: (AFRASID) Towards understanding the rise of Afro-Muslim culture in South Africa .

Bio I Presentation

Prof. Sindile Amina Ngubane (UNISA) Black Muslims Women's Presence in Religions and Educational matters in South Africa. 

Bio I Presentation

Dr. Ezgy Guner (EU) Curating the Islamic Heritage of Cape Town: History, memory and Muslim communities in museums. 

Bio I Presentation

10:00am - 11:30am

Special Panel: Arabic Roundtable

The Arabic Roundtable at the Congress (17 September 2022) brings a selected coterie of scholars, language activists, and practitioners together to share their ideas of Arabic teaching; some of them will describe their personal experiences, and others will offer examples of the challenges that they face in and outside the classroom in teaching and learning the language. The Arabic Roundtable plans to focus on in institutions and their programme: the one is to reflect critically on their programmes, and the other is to discuss the value of the texts that used in the teaching of Arabic for different groupings within the communities where they offer classes.

Moderator: Prof. Tawffeek Mohamed (UWC) - Bio

Panels Speakers

Dr. Intisar E (Madina Institute) - Bio

Dr. Sh. Shoayb Ahmad (Pretoria) - Bio

Dr. Fatima Cheik (Al Ghazali College) - Bio

Prof. Belqes Al - Sowaidi (IPSA) - Bio

Sh. Ebrahiem Moos (UCT)

11:30am - 12:30pm


Jumuah Prayers


12:30pm - 14:00pm

Panel 2: SADC Muslim Communities

Moderator: Prof. A. Senghore (IRCICA)


Prof. Alfred Matiki (Iqra University - Malawi): A Socio-cultural Profile of the Muslim Community in Malawi - Bio

Ustaz Jafar Beya (Congo): DRC’s Muslim Communities. - Bio

Mr. Salim Saidoo (University of Botswana): Botswana Muslims - Their Nation-Building and Humanitarian Contributions since Independence (1966) - Bio

Mr. Iliyasa Yasini (Zimbabwe): Traversing the Chuo trajectory among Yao Muslims during the Colonial and Post-Colonial Zimbabwean Era - Bio

Mr. Abdud-Daiyaan Petersen (Cape Family Research Form): The Issue of Muslim Genealogy in South Africa - Bio

14:00pm - 15:30pm

Panel 3: Ajami, Mushafs, and Language

Moderator: Prof. S. Unay - Bio


Dr. Chapane Mutiua (EMU)  -  The cultural heritage of Islam in Mozambique: the case of Ajami manuscript culture. - Bio

Sh Fakhruddin Owaisi (Madina Institute): On Mushafs at the Cape  Qur'anic Manuscripts at the Cape: An overview. - Bio

Mr. Mogamat Alexander (Independent Researcher):  Foreign loanwords in the Cape Muslim vernacular. - Bio

Dr. Mogamat Fadiel Arnold (ICRA): Building the Self-worth of the Cape Muslims and Beyond. - Bio

15:30pm - 17:00pm

Panel 4: Women, Youth, and Children

Moderator: Dr. Blance Assam (UWC) - Bio


Dr. Shafieka Moos (UCT): Maternal Identity and Religious Subjectivity: A Confluence of Aims - Bio

Mr. Joseph Mbalaka (UKZN): Yao Women Malawi Malawian Yawo Muslim women Migrants: Home and Belonging, negotiating identity in South Africa - Bio

Dr. Cassiem de Wet (Al Waagah: Institute for the Deaf) South Africa's (Muslim) Deaf: A Marginalized Community - Bio

Dr. Shuaibu Shehu Aliyu (Ahmadu Bello Univ): The Role of the Muslim Students Organisations in Nigeria and South Africa in the Preservation of Islamic Cultural Values Among the Muslim Youth: A Comparative Analysis - Bio

17:00pm - 18:30pm

Day 2


Islamia Auditorium

Panel 5: Muslim Media

Moderator: Mr. Mahmood Sanglay (Muslim Views) - Bio


Dr. Imraan Buccus (UKZN, School for International Training: SIT, Al-Qalam): The history of Al Qalam from its inception in the 1970s  - Bio

Ms. Zara Schroeder (Research ICT Africa): How South African Muslim women influencers negotiate the self on Instagram - Bio

Ms. Sellina Siffat (Insight Mag - Blantyre) Positive Impact of Insight Magazine on Islam - Bio

Mr. Mosadeq Sahebdin (Consumer Advocacy Platform, Mauritius) Muslims contribution to the Media Development and Muslim Media in Mauritius - Bio

Mr. Mahmood Sanglay (Muslim Views): Media in the Muslim World: Independence, Public Interest, and Ethical Journalism - Bio


8:30am - 10:00am

Panel 6: Muslim Leadership

Chairperson: Dr. Samet Yalcin (IRCICA)


Dr. Lubna Nadvi (UKZN): Re-defining “Islamic” Leadership in the Contemporary South African Context: Some Reflections and Observations

Mr. Ebrahim Salie (Historian and Independent Researcher): Hadje Ozeer Ally, Imam Abdul Kadir Bawazeer and the Hamidia Islamic Society: A study in “Muslim Indian” resistance, 1906-1909

Dr. Sh. Shoayb Ahmed (Unisa): Intellectual and educational history in South Africa with specific focus on the contributions of three 21st century South African scholars

Dr. Halim Gencoglu (UCT): First Black Military Pilot of the World: Ahmet Ali Celikten (1883 – 1969)

10:00am - 11:30am

Special Panel - Shaykh Ebubekir Effendi

When Shaykh Ebubekir Effendi was selected to go to the Cape of Good Hope to serve the growing Muslim community, he had little or no knowledge except that which was shared via governmental channels. Since the Shaykh's arrival at the beginning of 1860s until his death in 1889, he served the community handsomely. This panel gathered three panellists together to reflect on the "the man with a mission." While the one of the panellists wrote an informative biography that will be launched at this Congress, the other also penned a text that focussed on the Shaykh's educational efforts among the community; and the third panellist, who is one of the Shaykh's educational efforts among the community; and the fourth panellist, who is one of the Shaykh's descendants, will also share his thoughts of his great-grandfather.

Moderators: Prof. Mahmoud Erol Kilic and Ambassador Aysegul Kandas

Panel Speakers:

Prof. Yusuf Waghied - Bio

Shafiq Morton - Bio

Dr. Halim Gencoglu - Bio

Heshaam Effendi - Bio

11:30am - 13:00pm


Thuhr Prayers


13:00pm - 14:00pm

Memorial Panel: Imam Haron Foundation (with IRCICA, Awqaf SA-UWC)

The Imam Haron Foundation usually organises an annual lecture complementing the work that was undertaken by the Imam Haron Educational Trust for the past three years, this task shifted to IHF. For September 2022, IHF departed from the IAHET in two ways: the first was it shifted the date to an earlier one in order that it forms part of the IRCICA-AwqafSa-UWC partnership since the triumvirate agreed to dedicate this Congress to the memories of two iconic Muslim personalities; the one is Shaykh Ebubekir Efendi (d.1880) and the other is Imam Abdullah Haron (1969). The latter, who was detained by the South African Security Branch during May 1969, was eventually killed on 27 September 1969 by the SB whilst he was still in prison; this because of his anti-apartheid activities since he became Imam during 1955. For almost 15 years he demonstrated the need to speak out and work against an inhumane racist system. For this panel, IHF gathered five individuals who will converse about different aspects related to the Imam and his legacy.

Chairperson: Professor Monwabisi Ralarala (Dean of Humanities - UWC)


Ms. Fatima Haron-Masoet (Imam Haron Foundation Secretary)

Zenzile Khoisan (Former TRC Investigator)

Ms. Jamia Galant (UCT and CMRM Chairperson)

Mr. Khalid Shamis (UWC-IHF)

Father Micheal Weeder (Dean of Cape Town Anglican Communion)

14:00pm - 15:30pm

Panel 7: Muslim Tertiary Institutions and Research:

Moderator: Moulana Ashraf Dockrat (University of Johannesburg)


Prof. Hamza Njozi: On MUM Reforming Institutions of Higher Education in Southern Africa: A Plea for Transdisciplinarity

Dr. Sh Dawood Terblanche (Islamic Peace College of South Africa: IPSA) The International Peace College South Africa’s (IPSA) role in the preservation of Islam’s universal message of wasatiyyah within the paradigm of Maqasid al-Islam in South Africa

Sh. Muktar Ahmed (Madina Institute): Madina Institute's Formation and Progress.

Dr. Abdullah Bayat (UWC) Providing a Research Paradigm for Muslim Researchers.

15:30pm - 17:00pm

Panel 8: Economic, Development, & Heritage

Moderator: Mr. Raaghib Najaar (Afripeak)


Prof. Sadik Unay (IRCICA) - Post Colonial Narratives of Development: The Case of Muslim Minorities in Africa

Mr. Ebrahim Patel (SiyaXoxa Technologies): Economic Development of Muslim Communities

Mr. Rifat Hendricks (UWC): Muslim Entrepreneurs' responses to Covid-19 economic adversity: A qualitative analysis

Mr. Ebrahim Bofelo (PSA) Examining the Challenges and the Possibilities for Implementation of Islamic principles of Economic Development in South Africa.

17:00pm - 18:30pm

Day 3


Islamia Auditorium

Panel 9: Leadership 

Moderator: Mr. Ebrahim Bofelo (Lawyer)


Dr. Quraysha Ismail Sooliman (UP): Islamophobia Challenging the Pirates: Islamophobia in South Africa.

Dr. Natheem Hendricks (University of the Western Cape: UWC) Islamophobia Are security think-tanks benevolent? Islamophobia and the construction of Muslims as extremists and terrorists

Prof. Yussuf Adam (Eduardo Modlane University: EMU): Northern Mozambique Extremism in Northern Mozambique: Towards a Peace Pact

Dr. Sh. Muneer Abduraof (UWC/MJC) and Sh. Ismail Mohamed (MJC) Challenges faced by Islamic institutions when preserving the Islamic identity within the South African Constitutional Democracy: A case study on a Fatwaa issued by the MJC

Ms. Hafssa El-Bouhamouchi (OBU): Application of Islamic Law at the MJC in the Secular State of South Africa

8:30am - 10:00am

Panel 10: NGOs and Environmental Affairs

Moderator: Dr. Lubna Nadvi (UKZN)


Mrs. Yasmina Francke (SANZAF): The Role of Muslim NGOs in sustainable development in Africa

Prof Alparslan Açıkgenç (Ibn Haldun University): The Role of the Awqaf in Educational Systems in Islamic Civilization

Dr. Sh. Ridwaan Gallant (UWC-MJC) Toward water sustainability in a water stress urban environment with reference to the Western Cape, South Africa.

Mr. Muhammed Shahid Cassim (CT) History, Contemporary State, & Future Perspectives Going Green in Cape Town 

Zeinoul Abedien Cajee (Awqaf SA): Reflections on Awqaf SA in and beyond South Africa.

10:00am - 11:30am

Plenary Session

 Congress Resolutions & Closing

11:30am - 13:00pm



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