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Religious Practices: Preaching and Women Preachers: South Africa
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Saartjie van de Kaap (1775–1847) provides an early and important example of a woman religious leader in South Africa. She is best remembered for giving the first waqf (religious endowment) in South Africa, a 1794 bequest of property for a masjid in Cape Town. Yet Saartjie van de Kaap was remarkable for other reasons: she was born to slave parents who prospered after gaining their freedom, she could read and write, she owned property, she was married to an imam and raised seven children, and she was active in the political and religiou…

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Haron, Muhammed, “Religious Practices: Preaching and Women Preachers: South Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0615f>
First published online: 2009

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