Islamic Education in South Africa. Meeting the Demands of Change and Uncertainty
by Abdulkader Tayob
This article examines the challenges facing Islamic Education in South Africa, narrating the emergence of Islamic Schools in South Africa since the 1980s and exploring the encounter between Islamic learning and modern education. Research was carried out at Islamic Schools in Cape Town, Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal. The article suggests that Islamic schooling is part of a long process through which Muslim communities provided Islamic and secular education in the country. Although there have been attempts to integrate these streams, the two traditions have been maintained for their separate functions, goals and values. This latest trend of Islamic schooling emphasized the value and importance of secular education. Islamic schools were important for Muslim identity, which in South Africa has informed race and class. The schools socialized Muslims in racial enclaves, but ensured their place and participation in the secular spheres of society.