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South Africa
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At the end of the 15th century, European seafaring nations established contact with southern Africa. The first to arrive were the Portuguese, but in the 17th century the Dutch established a monopoly on trade in this region when Jan van Riebeeck founded the Cape Colony in 1652. The first Muslims arrived almost simultaneously with the Dutch, because the Dutch East Indies Company (V.O.C.) started to use the colony as an exile place for slaves and political prisoners from the Dutch East Indies and I…

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Iris Hoedemakers, “South Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0316>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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