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A Da'wah (Invitation of people towards Islam) movement in Mauritius : a study of the Jamaat-UL-Muslimeen (Assembly of Muslims)

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dc.contributor.advisor Rafudeen, M. A. Maniacara, Maaïdah Ammaara Ud-Deen 2015-02-23T08:22:58Z 2015-02-23T08:22:58Z 2014-11
dc.identifier.citation Maniacara, Maaïdah Ammaara Ud-Deen (2014) A Da'wah (Invitation of people towards Islam) movement in Mauritius : a study of the Jamaat-UL-Muslimeen (Assembly of Muslims), University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract ‘A da’wah movement in Mauritius: A study of the Jamaat-Ul-Muslimeen’ is based on qualitative research and its objective is to examine the socio-cultural factors that may hinder the processes of da’wah in Mauritius. The study is placed in the context of a well-known national Islamic organisation, the Jamaat-Ul-Muslimeen whose founder is Mr. Muhammad Cehl Fakeemeeah, a Member of the National Parliament. The movement is also associated with a political party, the FSM (Front Solidarité Mauricien) or the Mauritian Solidarity Front. The Jamaat-Ul-Muslimeen seeks to propose an alternative da’wah program in order to promote understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims and to accelerate the progression of conversion in Mauritius. The movement is involved in politics and mass media in order to reach the maximum number of people in the island. Emphasis is put on the urgent need for each individual to understand the concept of God as well as reading the Qur’an in order to avoid falling into the traps of traditional da’wah which has prevailed in Mauritius for decades.The present thesis analyses data provided in face to face interviews with a number of Mauritian converts as well as observation and discussions with other born Muslim members, all adherents of the said organisation. The Mauritian society is well-known for its multi-religious and multi-cultural background, influenced mainly by the majority, the Hindu community which consists of more than 50 % of the whole population. According to Soonita Kistamah 1, the percentage of Muslims is only 17, 3 % of the whole Mauritian population and this demonstrates a large gap concerning the work of da’wah in the island. Therefore the thesis will investigate factors that hinder da’wah by focusing on one particular movement – the Jamaat Ul Muslimeen. After having scanned the available literature, no specific study on da’wah in Mauritius was found. There is therefore a gap in the knowledge of da’wah especially issues such as socio-cultural factors that may affect da’wah progression within the Mauritian context. This thesis is a contribution to filling this gap. Since the thesis wishes to understand the socio-cultural factors which hinder the progress of da‘wah in Mauritius a qualitative approach was deemed most appropriate to explore this issue. The thesis begins providing my motivation for writing on the topic of da‘wah, a statement of the problem, research objectives, significance of the study, and the theory and methodology applied. Chapter II provides an overview of Mauritius and its history. Emphasis is given to the events of the 12th March 1968, that is, the civil war which occurred between Christians and Muslims which led to ethnic tensions. Another communal crisis which occurred in February1999 between Black Creole and the Hindu community is also examined. Chapter III will provide a biography of Cehl Meeah, the founder of Jamaat-Ul-Muslimeen, his broader religious and political outlook and the history and da‘wah methodology of his organization. Chapter IV examines this methodology in the light of certain theoretical considerations with regard to da‘wah. Chapter V discusses and interprets the results and findings that emerge from interviews and discussions with converts belonging to the Jamaat-Ul-Muslimeen. Chapter VI concludes the dissertation and lists recommendations with regard to da‘wah methodology in Mauritius. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (145 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Da'wah in Mauritius en
dc.subject Jamaat-UL-Muslimeen en
dc.subject Cehl Meeah en
dc.subject Muslim converts in Mauritius en
dc.subject Conversion to Islam en
dc.subject Islam in Mauritius en
dc.subject Islam and politics in Mauritius en
dc.subject Religion and ethnicity in Mauritius en
dc.subject Personal experiences of Muslim converts en
dc.subject.ddc 297.74096982
dc.subject.lcsh Jamāʻatulmuslimīn (Mauritius) en
dc.subject.lcsh Daʻwah (Islam) en
dc.subject.lcsh Conversion -- Islam en
dc.subject.lcsh Islam -- Mauritius en
dc.subject.lcsh Muslim converts -- Mauritius en
dc.subject.lcsh Islam and politics -- Mauritius en
dc.subject.lcsh Islam -- Mauritius -- Relations en
dc.title A Da'wah (Invitation of people towards Islam) movement in Mauritius : a study of the Jamaat-UL-Muslimeen (Assembly of Muslims) en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Religious Studies and Arabic en M.A. (Islamic Studies)

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