Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

27. Utopia and Heterotopia in Post-Apartheid South African Muslim Discourse

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Abdulkader Tayob
University of Cape Town

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In spite of constituting only 1.46% of the population, Muslim political views are diverse and reflect the diversity of trends in South Africa. Michel Foucault’s concepts of utopia and heterotopia are helpful in revealing this complex relationship between South Africa’s constitution and public expressions of Islam. They capture the complexity of Muslim experiences – sometimes reflecting the goals of the Constitution (utopia) but also inverting, subverting and often going beyond them (heterotopia). My article will closely examine some examples to illustrate the diversity and fragility of South Africa’s democracy.

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Tayob, Abdulkader . 27. Utopia and Heterotopia in Post-Apartheid South African Muslim Discourse. Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 351-362 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791394. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28125. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28125. Feb 2016

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