291 tinued existence as a community despite the injustices they have suffered in the past. The main focus of the study is the religious disposition of the community, but the historical and social influences on the Zan- zibaris are also considered. Most of the freed slaves who arrived in South Africa via Zanzibar were already Muslims, and those who were not had come in contact with Islam. The first section of the book deals with the history of these incoming Zanzibaris. Out of their numbers came Catholic Christians, as a result of the mis- sionary activity of individuals like the black Portuguese-speaking catechist Saturnino do Valle. The Muslim community adapted itself to local conditions, following the sunna. There are interesting details of the origins and developments of village social life here. The re-settlement of the Zanzibari families to Chatsworth, begin- ning late in 1962, is mentioned briefly. One of the most valuable parts of the book is concerned with in- digenous Islam. In this part there are sections on the relationship of the Zanzibaris to indigenous African institutions, on attitudes to the central religious duties of Muslims and to the Qur'an, on heal- ing among the Zanzibaris, and
Journal of Religion in Africa – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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