Deedat, Ahmed
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Ahmed Hoosen Deedat (1918–2005), a South African Muslim TV preacher known for his conferences, public debates, and disputes on religion, was born in Surat, India. In 1927, at the age of nine, he emigrated to join his father, a tailor employed in Durban, South Africa; his mother died after his departure. In Durban, Deedat was quick in learning English and proved zealous in school, which he attended up to the sixth grade but was forced to leave due to financial pressures. He started working at the age of sixteen (Deedat).

In recounting his experiences in South Africa, Deedat emphasised…

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Sadouni, Samadia, “Deedat, Ahmed”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 9789004356634, 2018, 2018-2

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