School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

Suleman Essop Dangor

Suleman Essop Dangor

Position

Emeritus Professor

Discipline

Religion

Email

dangors@ukzn.ac.za

Contact Number

083-788-7112

Campus

Howard College Campus

Office Address

External Research Profile

Degrees Held

  • BA Hons, MA, PhD (University of Durban-Westville)
  • Higher Diploma in Arabic (University of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Research Interests

  • Islam in South Africa: history, language, education, politics, women.
  • Sufism
  • Islamization
Selected

Publications

  • 1981 “The Myth of the 1820 Settlers”, Iqra Research Journal 3 (1): 5-6.
  • 1981 `Iqbal’s Concept of a Mu’min’. al-`Ilm (Journal of the Centre for Research In Islamic Studies, University of Durban-Westville). 1: 99-104.
  • 1982 `Shaykh Yusuf of Java in Cape Town’. al-`Ilm. 2: 95-100.
  • 1983 Ibn Taymiyyah al-`Ilm. 3: 84-93.
  • 1983 `Review of Craig’s The Kalam Cosmological Argument’. Religion in Southern Africa. 4 (2): 61-63.
  • 1984 `Review of Oosthuizen’s The Muslim Zanzibaris of South Africa’, al-`Ilm 4: 120-123.
  • 1984 The Beginning of Islam at the Cape al-`Ilm. 4: 81-84.
  • 1985 Muslim Slaves in the Cape Colony. al-`Ilm 5: 103-111.
  • 1985 Review of Shafaat’s A Fulfilment of Biblical Prophecies, al-`Ilm, 5 :
  • 1986 Zulu in the Arabic script al-`Ilm. 6: 102-105.
  • 1987 Islam’s Attitude to Race Religion in Southern Africa. 8(1): 37-41.
  • 12.1987 “The Family Relationship in Islam”, Aspects of Family Life in the South African Indian Community. 20: 123-127.
  • 1988 Arabic-Afrikaans Literature al-`Ilm. 8: 95-106.
  • 1989 Abu Sufyan : A Study of the Sources al-`Ilm. 9: 54-60.
  • 1989 “The Indians of South Africa” with K Muthukrishna, Knowledge
  • 1989 “Religious Profile” with T Naidoo & G Pillay in A J Arkin (ed.) The Indian South Africans, Durban : Owen & Burgess. 143-170. [chapter].
  • 1990 Hadha `Ilm Hal Lissibyan (Transliteration & Translation of pages of an Arabic-Afrikaans manuscript) al-`Ilm. 10: 61-65.
  • 1990 The Attitudes of Muslims to Multi-Religious and Multi-Racial Interaction, Journal for the Study of Religion. 3 (2): 65-74.
  • 1991 The Muslim Community of South Africa : Origins & Present Status al-`Ilm. 11: 65-74.
  • 1991 “An Islamic Approach to Social Sciences” in Y Mohamed, S Dangor, A M Mohammed (eds.) Perspectives on Islamic Education, Lenasia : Muslim World League. 5-53.   
  • 1991 “An Islamic Approach to Social Sciences” in Y Mohamed, S Dangor, A M Mohammed (eds.) Perspectives on Islamic Education, Lenasia : Muslim World League. 5-53. [chapter]
  • 1992 “Religious Education in State Schools – a Muslim Perspective”, The Future of Religious & Moral education in South African State Schools, Pietermaritzburg : Natal Teachers’ Society.
  • 1992 “Religious Education in State Schools – a Muslim Perspective”, The Future of Religious & Moral education in South African State Schools, Pietermaritzburg : Natal Teachers’ Society.
  • 1992 The Ba`ath Party (the ruling party of Iraq & Syria) al-`Ilm. 12: 28-37.
  • 1993 Arabic & Persian Manuscripts in the Documentation Centre, University of Durban-Westville, al-`Ilm. 13: 77-82.
  • 1993 “The Attitude of Muslim Scholars towards New Approaches in Religious Studies” in The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 10 (2): 280-286.
  • 1993 “The Muslim Minority of South Africa : Problems & Concerns” in Journal : Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs 13 (2): 375-381.
  • 1993 “The Myth of the 1860 Settlers” in Africa Quarterly 32 (1-4) : 73-80.
  • 1994 The Muslim Minority of South Africa : Problems & Concerns al-`Ilm. 14: 117-126.
  • 1995 Towards Understanding Islam : Organ of the Young Men’s Muslim Association al-`Ilm. 15: 71-82.
  • 1996 Sufi Sahib al-`Ilm. 16: 56-67.
  • 1996 “Islamization of the Social Sciences”, Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of South Africa 2 (2): 48-51.
  • 1996 “Muslim Society & Islamic Architecture” in KZN Journal 22: 2-3.
  • 1997 “The Secularization of Education in Muslim Society” in Muslim Educators’ Journal. 12-26.
  • 1997 The Thoughts of Colonel Mu`ammar al-Qadhdhafi al-`Ilm. 17: 125-146.
  • 1997 “The Expression of Islam in South Africa” in Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 17 (1): 141-151.
  • 1997 “Religion Education in South African State Schools with special reference to Kwazulu-Natal” in Muslim Education Quarterly14 (3): 19-25.
  • 1998 The Expression of Islam in South Africa al-`Ilm. 18 & 19: 2-19.
  • 2000 Review of al-Mesawi’s A Muslim Theory of Human Society , The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences.
  • 2001 “Historical Perspective, Current Literature and an Opinion Survey among Muslim Women in Contemporary South Africa : A Case Study” in Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 21 : 1, 109-129.
  • 2003 “Historical Partisanship : The Case of Abu Sufyan ibn Harb” in Annual Journal of International Islamic University, Islamabad. 13-28.
  • 2004 “Mediating Globalization : the role of religious leaders and communities” in Interreligious Insight 2 (3), 63-69.   
  • 2003. “The Establishment and Consolidation of Islam in South Africa from the Dutch colonization of the Cape to the present” in Historia 48 (1): 203-220.
  • 2005 “Jihad between War and Peace” in Alternation, Special edition, no 2, 252-266
  • 2005 “Islamization of Disciplines: towards an indigenous educational system” in Educational Philosophy and Theory, 37 (4): 519-531.
  • 2008 “Arabic-Afrikaans Literature at the Cape” in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde T 45 (1): 123-132 (Special Issue: Africa and its Arabo-Islamic Heritage: Exploring Arabic & Islamic Literature).
  • 1990 Zubdat al-Asrar (The Essence of Secrets), translated & edited. University of  Durban-Westville, Durban.
  • 1994 Shaykh Yusuf of Makasar, Iqra Publishers, Durban.  
  • 1995 Sirr al-Asrar (Secret of Secrets), translated & edited, University of Durban-Westville, Durban.
  • 1995 Sufi Sahib, Iqra Publishers, Durban.  
  • 2009 (edited with M Haron) Islamic Civilisation in Southern Africa, Research Centre for Islamic History, Art & Culture (IRCICA), Istanbul. 
  • 2011 Muslim Traders in Natal – the First Hundred Years. Minara Chamber of Commerce, Durban.
  • 2011 (edited with H Willemse) The Afrikaans of the Cape Muslims from 1815 to 1915, Protea Book House, Pretoria, 318 pp. 
  • 2019 (with Najma Moosa), Muslim Personal Law in South Africa: Evolution and Future Prospects, Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd., Cape Town.
  • 1994 “In the Footsteps of the Companions : Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar” in Y da Costa & A Davids (eds.) Pages from Cape Muslim History, Pietermaritzburg : Shuter & Shooter. 19-46. [chapter].
  • 1999 “Joosub, Mohamed Hajee” in New Dictionary of South African Biography
  • 1999 “Lakhi, Cassim Mahomed” in New Dictionary of South African Biography
  • 1999 “Rajab, Habib Mohamed” in New Dictionary of South African Biography
  • 2004 “The Many Voices of Islam” in Religion & Theology, vol. 11 – 3 & 4, 331-342
  • 2004 Negotiating Identities : The Case of Indian Muslims in South Africa in South Asians in the Diaspora, ed. K. A. Jacobsen & P. P. Kumar, Leiden : Brill. 243-268.
  • 2006 “Muslim Slaves at the Cape- From Dishonour to Dignity” in On Slavery and Political Exile, ed. T Faizasyah et al, Cape Town : Indonesian Consulate-General. 42-60.    
  • 2007 “Islam” in Religion Studies Grade 12 Learner’s Book, eds. H C Steyn, J S Kruger, M Clasquin, Cape Town: Nasou via Afrika. 160-170.   
  • 2007 Interrogating the Global War on Terrorism: Defining the Boundaries in Islam in Contemporary Africa : On Violence, Terrorism & Development, ed. O Afis, A. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 61-80.
  • 2009 “Islamization and Muslim Institutions/Organisations in South Africa” in Brown, D (ed) Religion & Spirituality in a Post-Colonial Context to be published in 2009. 107-123.  
  • 2014 Islamization & Muslim Independent Schools in South Africa. In International Handbook of Learning, Teaching and Leading in Faith-based schools, eds. Judith D. Chapman, Sue Mc Namara & Yusef Waghid, London: Springer.
  • 2003 “Shura, Democracy and the Muslim World” in The American Muslim, www.theamericanmuslim.org/
  • 2003 “Jihad between War and Peace”, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, www.ijr.grove.uct 
  • 2008 “The Relevance of Said Nursi’s advice to Youth Today”,
  • 2003 “Mu`awiyyah ibn Abi Sufyan” in Encyclopaedia of Islam and the Muslim World, ed. R. Martin.
  • 2003 (i) Asad Muhammad, (ii) Ayoub, Mahmoud  (iii) Burckhardt, T  (iv) Shah, Idries in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, ed. J. Esposito
  • 2004 “Political and Social Movements. Ethnic and Minority: Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa” in Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Leiden : Brill, vol 2 : 95-97. 
  • 2019 Six chapters in Y Dadoo & A Rafudeen, The Worldview of a Muslim Pioneer in South Africa: A Translation of Selected Texts by Shaykh Yusuf, Pretoria: UNISA Press. 

Community Involvement

  • Commissioner : Commission for the Promotion & Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious & Linguistic Communities 2004- 2008
  • Member : Religious Broadcasting Panel, South African Broadcasting Corporation – 1995-2005

Teaching Expertise

  • Islamic History
  • Muslim Revivalist Movements
  • Islamic Theology & Mysticism
  • Religion & Development
  • Religion & Human Rights
  • Religion & Environment
  • Islamic Ethics
Selected

Publications

  • Randeree, Z. 1993, Muslim minorities with special reference to South Africa: Problems and Concerns . UKZN
  • Mhlambo, V C. 1996, A Post-colonial and comparative analysis of slavery discourses along the Eastern Coast of Africa and Southern Africa. UKZN
  • Mohamed, Y. 1996, Muslim Orphans and Orphanages in Durban      . UKZN
  • Ebrahim, M H. 2001, Shaykh Ismail Hanif (Edwards) (1906-1958) : A study of his life and works . UKZN
  • Goga, S. 2005, Islam and Poverty Alleviation through Microlending: The Case of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh  . UKZN
  • Kathree, S. 2007, Alternative Health Therapies among Muslims in KwaZulu-Natal. UKZN
  • Kahn, Z 2007, The Challenge to a global model of Education: the case of Muslim private schools in South Africa. UKZN
  • Isaacs, Z. 2007, The Proliferation of Sufi Orders in the Greater Durban area. UKZN
  • Muslim, C L. 2008, Women who convert to Islam for the purpose of marriage: compulsion or free will?   . UKZN
  • Makwemba, T. 2009, An Islamic Perspective of Sustainable Development in the context of Globalisation . UKZN
  • Baker, A. T. 2009, Exploring Islamic identity in a global context: a study of Education, Language & Culture at the Cape  . UKZN
  • Latiff, F. 2011, Leadership in Muslim Independent Schools – a case study of three schools in KwaZulu-Natal . UKZN

CURRENT

  • Mutelo, I. 2019. Muslim Organisations and Politics: A Critical Study of the Political Involvement of Islam in the New South Africa, UKZN
  • Cajee, Z. 2019. Maqasid al-Shariah: its relevance to Waqf in the South African context , UKZN

COMPLETED

  • Toffar, A K., 1993. Administration of Islamic Law of Succession, Adoption, Guardianship, and Endowments in South Africa, UKZN
  • Karodia, M S., 2005. Islam and the Environment within the Context of Globalisation and South Africa  , UKZN
  • Omar, S I., 2006. The Impact of Promotion of Alcohol Consumption on Poverty Alleviation in Malawi: A Proposed Islamic Solution, UKZN
  • Ebrahim, M H., 2008. The Transformation in the Management & Traditions of Hajj at the Cape   , UKZN
  • Ndzovu, H, 2009. Religion & Politics: A critical study of the politicization of Islam in Kenya, UKZN
  • Gallant, M R., 2009. Sustainable Development: A Challenge to Muslim countries, UKZN
  • Ashraf, T, 2016. Islamic Gift Economy: Waqh [Endowment] – A Vehicle for Social Entrepreneurship in  Muslim Minority Countries – A Case of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa , UKZN
  • Terblanche, D., 2017. Socio-Historical Development of Halal Certification in South Africa: A Study of the Halal Trust of the Muslim Judicial Council, UKZN