Kalk Bay Books and Wits University Press invite you to a launch of Regarding Muslims From slavery to post-apartheid
by Gabeba Baderoon
Gabeba will be in conversation with Imraan Coovadia
Drawing on an extensive popular and official archive, Regarding Muslims analyses the role of Muslims from South Africa’s founding moments to the contemporary period and points to the resonance of these discussions beyond South Africa. It argues that the 350-year archive of images documenting the presence of Muslims in South Africa is central to understanding the formation of concepts of race, sexuality and belonging.
In contrast to the themes of extremism and alienation that dominate Western portrayals of Muslims, Regarding Muslims explores an extensive repertoire of picturesque Muslim figures in South African popular culture, which oscillates with more disquieting images that occasionally burst into prominence during moments of crisis. This pattern is illustrated through analyses of etymology, popular culture, visual art, jokes, bodily practices, oral narratives and literature. The book ends with the complex vision of Islam conveyed in the postapartheid period.
Gabeba Baderoon received a PhD in English from the University of Cape Town. She is also a poet and author of the collections The Dream in the Next Body and A hundred silences. She is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University and is an Extraordinary Professor of English at Stellenbosch University.
WHEN: Tuesday 12th August at 6 for for 6.30pm
WHERE: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP ESSENTIAL: to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 021 788 2266
There will be juice and snacks, but please note that no alcohol will be served at this event.