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Abdulkader Tayob

Abdulkader TayobAbdulkader (Phd, Temple University, 1989) is an internationally recognized scholar in the study of modern Islam in general, and Islam in Africa in particular. He currently holds a Research Chair at UCT (Islam, African Publics and Religious Values).

He has held prestigious visiting professorships at Bayreuth University (African Studies) and Hamburg University (Islamic Theology). He was one of the professors at the prestigious International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World in the Netherlands from 2002 to 2006.

Abdulkader has published a number of books, edited books, and numerous articles and book chapters on the study of religion, Islam in Africa and modern Islamic thought.

Some of his past research included a study of religious leaders in East Africa. This study focused on reformism among Muslim and Christian leaders, their impact on national and trans-national debates; and within religious publics. On another project, Abdulkader returned to his earliest work on Islamists. He examined biographical self-reflections of Islamists who have been engaged in Islamic activism for over two decades. The study examined such biographies in order to understanding Islamism from a psychology of religions perspective. More recently, Abdulkader has launched an extensive study on Religion Education in South Africa, which broadly looks at the way in which religion is taught in schools across the nation. This project is funded by a grant from the National Research Foundation. 

Selected List of Published Work

2011. Human Rights in Modern Islamic Discourse. In The Transmission and Dynamics of the Textual Sources of Islam: Essays in Honour of Harald Motzki , ed. by Nicolet Boekhof-van der Voort, C.H.M. Versteegh, and Joas Wagemakers, 349-66. Leiden: Brill.

Tayob, Abdulkader. 2011. Islam and Democracy in South Africa. Focus: the Journal of the Helen Suzman Foundation, 62, 20-24. Available Online

Dumbe, Yunus, and Tayob, Abdulkader. “Salafis in Cape Town in Search of Purity, Certainty and Social Impact.” Die Welt des Islams, 51 (2011): 188-209.

Abdulkader Tayob, Inga Niehaus, Wolfram Weiße (Editors). 2011. Muslim Schools and Education in Europe and South Africa. Religionen im Dialog, Band 5, 198 pages, 24,90 €, ISBN 978-3-8309-2554-5 .

Faizer, Rizwi, Amal Ismail, and Abdulkader Tayob. 2011. The Life of Muḥammad: Al-Wāqidī's Kitab Al-Maghāzī. Edited by Faizer, Rizwi. Routledge Studies in Classical Islam. London; New York: Routledge.

Abdulkader Tayob. 2009. Religion in Modern Islamic Discourse. London: C. Hurst & Co; New York: Columbia University Press.

Abdulkader Tayob. 2010. Muslim Shrines in Cape Town: Religion and Post-Apartheid Public Spheres. InDevelopment and Politics From Below, ed. by Barbara Bompani, and Maria Frahm-Arp, 56-73. Palgrave Macmillan.

Abdulkader Tayob. 2010. Epilogue: Muhammad in the Future. In Cambridge Companion to Muhammad, ed. by Jonathan Brockopp, 293-308. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

In Press

2011. Al Fārūqī between the History of Religion and Islamic Theology, Numen.

2012. Politics and Islamization in African Public Spheres. Routledge.