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Tuan Guru

‘Tuan Guru must be given the Freedom of the City’

“Tuan Guru was a sophisticated and educated human being. He is a legend that must be remembered.” That’s how VOC presenter, journalist and author Shafiq Morton described the personality of Imam ‘Abdullah bin Qadi ‘Abd al-Salam, affectionately known as Tuan Guru, considered a father figure of Islam in South Africa.[…]

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Shafiq Morton pens new book on Tuan Guru

The life of Tuan Guru, one of the South African Muslim community’s most iconic figures, has been re-visited in a  fascinating new book. “From the Spice Islands to Cape Town:  The Life and Times of Tuan Guru”, is written by VOC presenter and journalist Shafiq Morton and brings to fruition[…]

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Tuan Guru symposium promises new insights

By Yaseen Kippie With the recent revival of research into the contribution of Tuan Guru at the Cape, the descendents of the scholar and prince, known for establishing Islam in the public life of Muslims in South Africa, will host a symposium on his life, legacy and family reconnection. The[…]

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VOC unveils Tuan Guru drama

After months of hard work behind the scenes, VOC has finally launched its radio drama detailing the life and history of Tuan Guru, one of the great icons of Islam in the Cape. The story was researched, written and compiled by the late Moulana Yusuf Karaan, originally in the format[…]

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Cape icons could be honoured in bridge naming

The City of Cape Town’s Naming Committee on Wednesday recommended the names for seven footbridges crossing Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Rhodes Drive to the mayor for decision. |a!kunta, Tuan Guru, Ingrid Jonker, Dawid Kruiper; Father John Oliver, Taliep Petersen and Father Basil van Rensburg made the list following a public[…]

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