Voice of the Cape

April2010

The Holy Sepulchre

As I neared the Church of The Holy Sepulchre’s crumbling portals, I noticed a wooden cross leaning against the door of a side chapel. Crucifixion had been used by the Persians as a deterrent as early as 700 BC. And what an effective means of public persuasion it must have[…]

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Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradhawi

ONE of the modern era’s most prominent scholars, Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradhawi, has been visiting South African shores. Now 84 years-old, the Shaikh has been a bastion of independent, but moderate thought in an age pockmarked with the legacy of Salafi-Wahhabi extremism and post-colonialism.   As a faqih, a master of[…]

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Jerusalem: The Stations of the Cross

 “JUZ? You wanna juz now?” asked the shopkeeper with a knowing smile. Outside the Hashimi Hotel across the narrow street was a small cafe that squeezed oranges. I had discovered that it also juiced carrots. Fresh, sweet carrot juice had become my staple. Carrot juice, which is full of beta-carotene,[…]

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EUGENE TERRE’BLANCHE, LIVE BYTHE SWORD, DIE BYTHE SWORD

The murder of the 69 year-old Afrikaner Weerstandsbewiging Leader Eugene Ney Terre’blanche asks the very real question: will right-wing “Boeredom” ever be the same again? A larger than life figure, for some a public buffoon and for others a racist bully, Terre’blanche strode the South African stage with a combination[…]

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