Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SABC documentary to focus on “South African Muslim Identity”

A documentary to be screened as part of SABC2′s ‘Issues of Faith’ series on Sunday, November 20th at 09h00, will investigate the changing face of Muslim identity within the South African landscape.

Written and directed by freelance journalist Fatima Asmal-Motala and producer Shaffee Shaik of New Wave Productions, ‘Muslim Identity’ investigates the impact of globalisation on young Muslims who are becoming increasingly exposed to a diversity of interpretations of Islam primarily due to the advent of technology.

‘Traditionally many Muslims, particularly those living in KZN and Gauteng, have been heavily influenced by Indo-Pak interpretations of Islam,’ says Asmal-Motala.

‘This is fast changing in a post-apartheid context, with many of them searching for a more contexualised interpretation.’

The documentary looks at how young Muslims view their identities and investigates several related issues including: Muslim bloggers, the increased participation of women in hijab in the public sphere, creative expression of identity and challenges faced by White and Black Muslims.

‘These issues are unpacked in the form of interviews with several well known South African personalities like Zain Bhikha, the author Shubnum Khan, women’s rights activist Quraysha Sooliman, blogger MJ Khan and several others,’ says Shaik.

The interviews are interspersed with scholarly perspectives from European intellectuals Tariq Ramadan and Anas Altikriti, as well as local Imam, Hafiz Fuzail Soofie.

‘Muslim Identity’ will be screened on SABC 2 at 9am on Sunday, November

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