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The late Achmat Davids, fondly known as ‘Apatjie’, is seen as an icon of the Bo Kaap community. The educationalist gave a voice to the religious, cultural and racial identity of Bo-Kaap in his many books and research papers. Dr Davids’s major contribution is his rereading of Arabic-Afrikaans texts in terms of the Islamic reading practice of tajweed. He traced the emergence of Afrikaans a’jami texts, Afrikaans texts written in Arabic script and distributed or published at the Cape of Good Hope, since the early nineteenth century. Through this, he was able to determine what early Afrikaans sounded like. During his research, he discovered a fascinating relationship between the Afrikaans language and the literature of the Cape Muslim community. He was also instrumental in the social welfare of the community and was key to the establishment of the Boorhaanol Movement to whom he had dedicated most of his adult life. Achmat Davids was known to many more, as one of the pioneers of the Voice of the Cape radio station, where he served as programme manager.
Hein Willemse retired in 2022 as as head of the Department of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria. He is a former president of ISOLA (The International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa), and was editor-in-chief of the journal Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, a journal for African literature from 2003 until 2019. Willemse played an active role in anti apartheid movement, and along with other Afrikaans authors – including André Brink, Breyten Breytenbach and Etienne van Heerden – attended the historical Victoria Falls Writers’ Conference in 1989, where various Afrikaans intellectuals met with banned South African authors and members of the ANC. Hein is a widely published author and poet.
Suleman E. Dangor is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies in the School of Religion and Theology at the University of KwaZulu Natal, He is of the great historians of Islam in South Africa and in the related fields of history, language, education, politics and gender. Dangor is a widely published writer. He studied in Riyadh, speaks Arabic, and is a specialist in the Arabic Afrikaans writing tradition.
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