School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

Cherry Muslim

Cherry Muslim


Discipline Religion


Contact Number 031-260-7731

Campus Howard College Campus

Office Address 3rd floor MTB

External Research Profile

Degrees Held

  • PhD in Religion & Social Transformation
  • MA in Religion & Social Transformation
  • PGCE
  • PGC in Industrial Relations
  • Islamic Studies
  • BArts

Research Interests

  • Cherry Muslim fills the Islamic Studies post within Religion. My background was ‘theologically’ based for 16 years until I moved into acadaemia. My research interests are closely related to my experiences within the local Durban, South African Muslim community. As such, I research the areas of conversion, identity and all issues relating to gender.
  • Other research interests are linked to my teaching portfolio and include: the environment, development, and more recently media. The concept of cyberspace, cyberfeminism, counterpower and communicative power for Muslim women is the core focus for my Phd.

Teaching Interests

  • Religion and Media (online religion)
  • Religion and the Environment
  • Religion and Development
  • Islamic Texts and Traditions
  • Islamic Institutions in South Africa
  • Islam in the Contemporary World
  • Co-teach in a number of other UG modules where I cover the Islamic sections
  • Religion, Gender & Sexuality (Honours)
  • Research Methodology in Religion & Culture (UG & Honours)
  • Method & Theory in Religion (UG & Honours)

Community Involvement

  • Palestinian support projects eg: Gaza Women’s March
  • Muslim Personal Law (MPL) Network
  • Work within the Muslim community primarily through assisting Islamic organisations at different functional levels;
  • Theological education for women who accept Islam;

Teaching Expertise

  • Islam
  • Online religion/media
  • Gender
  • Environmental ethics
  • Comparative religion


PG supervision is a growing part of my work. I enjoy the intellectual platform that supervising PG students facilitates and I look forward to supervising students who see the value in undertaking PG studies in Religion – especially within my fields of interest and research.