Race, Culture, and Identity
Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Postapartheid. By Gabeba Baderoon. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2014.
From Slavery to Postapartheid is a pioneering study that
examines historical and contemporary representations of Islam and Muslims in
South Africa. With intellectual sophistication and creativity, Gabeba Baderoon
examines varying forms of visual, culinary, artistic and popular representations
in ways that speak back to official historical and colonial records. She reads
against the grain of dominant narratives and is keenly attentive to “genres
that hover between fiction and fact, and generate the kind of knowledge
that fills the spaces between the more authoritative sources” (23). Yet hers
is neither a simply reactive nor redemptive response to colonial hegemonies.
Baderoon succeeds in presenting intricate and complex analyses of her
subject matter, and the reading practices that she adroitly employs are both
methodologically and analytically instructive to feminist postcolonial scholars
interested in re-imagining archives and authoritative canons.
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