Preserve your family history, urges historian

“It is said that people without a history are people without a future”. These are the words of Dr Adiel Bassier from the Boorhaanal Movement ahead of Heritage Day on Saturday 24 September, in urging South Africans to dig deeper in understanding their social and cultural identities. While Heritage Day[…]

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Call to make history compulsory subject

As South Africans celebrate youth month, advocacy group Equal Education is calling for history to be made compulsory for Grade 4 to 12 pupils, and for a review of the history curriculum. The group’s two-day national teaching and learning summit, which was held in Joburg under the theme “40 Years[…]

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Africa Day: Celebrate Islam’s legacy in Africa

As Africans make strides toward developing the continent, this week we celebrated the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. On this day, leaders of 30 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Though the OAU was succeeded by the African Union (AU)[…]

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Hui in imperial and modern day China

The northwest part of the world’s most populous country, China has earned itself the moniker of ‘the Quran Belt’ for its abundance and variety in Muslim communities. China itself has an official 10 recognised historical Muslim minorities, ranging from the Chinese Tartars in the north, to the more centrally situated[…]

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The roots of Islam in the Korean Peninsula

This article is part of series focusing on Muslim communities and minorities around the world. Islam is not necessarily a faith one would immediately associate with countries in the Far East, a region where oriental culture is practically engrained in the everyday lifestyle of natives. In fact, religion in the[…]

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Palestine Museum keeps memory alive

Stripped of their msot basic human rights and dignity, most Palestinians have lost everything, except for their own memories of their homeland and a deep wanting to return. However, through visually depicting a historical narrative, the Palestine Museum in Cape Town hopes to keep the Palestinian memory alive. While still[…]

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