27th April: National Day of South Africa
A brief about South Africa’s Islamic written heritage
Among the 106 countries included in the “World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts” (the flagship project undertaken by Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation between the years 1989 – 1994) was South Africa.
South Africa’s Islamic written heritage was surveyed in 1993, by Mohamed Haron.
This survey brought to light a wealth of information about the Country’s collections of Islamic manuscripts, by indicating: the cities and libraries that hold these manuscripts, the approximate number of manuscripts within each collection, the subjects and languages in which they are written, the conditions in which they are and whether they have been catalogued and studied, the particular significant manuscripts which they contain, etc.
According to this Survey, South Africa has about 31 manuscripts, held in two libraries; the South African Library in the city of Cape Town, established in 1818 and in the University of Durban-Westville Documentation Centre in the city of Durban, established in 1979.
This information was published in the following book:
“World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts” (English version), 1997-2002, Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, London, UK, Vol. 3, pp. 91-94.
Please note that some of the images used in this online version might not be part of the published version of this article within the respective book.
The data figures, the names, and other details are overall reflecting those of the time when the Survey was conducted.
The Foundation is striving to update these details in progress; and, Your help in this regard would be much appreciated.
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