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Indigenous Millennialism : Murabitun Sufism in the Black African Townships of South Africa

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Gebauer, Matthias:
Indigenous Millennialism : Murabitun Sufism in the Black African Townships of South Africa.
In: Lehner, Hans-Christian (ed.): The End(s) of Time(s) : Apocalypticism, Messianism, and Utopianism through the Ages. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill , 2021 . - pp. 328-357 . - (Prognostication in History ; 6 )
ISBN 978-90-04-46102-4

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This article analyzes the development of the Murabitun in South Africa and the impact of their ideology against the background of a promise of the end of time for the persisting modes of segregation and injustice. It asks how indigeneity as Blackness is merged with a Sufi-oriented vision of a purified, revived Islamic community. The material presented here forms part of a research project on converts to Islam in the Black African townships and former homelands of South Africa alongside the challenging social and spatial modes of ordering by translating Blackness into the realm of Muslim practice and ideology. The empirical data for this article derive from qualitative fieldwork conducted in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in 2015 and 2016. These will be discussed together with a critical review of selected texts by the founder of the Shadhili Darqawi order, also known as the Murabitun World Movement, Abdalqadir as Sufi, a Scottish convert to Islam and founder of the Sufi tariqah who began his ideological outreach and da’wah activities (Islamic missionary work) in South Africa in the 1980s.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: South Africa; Township; Murabitun; Millennialism; Sufism; Conversion; Islam; Black; KwaZulu-Natal; Abdalqadir as-Sufi
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography > Chair Social and Population Geography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eberhard Rothfuß
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 200 Religion > 290 Other religions
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
900 History and geography > 910 Geography, travel
Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 08:24
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 08:24
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/65174