Heritage and super-diversity: a study of muslim womens’ identity in Cape Town

Rosabelle Boswell (Rhodes University)

This project will investigate aspects of Muslim identity and super-diversity in the Western Cape. This research will examine how Muslims maintain intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in the post-apartheid city as well as their interactions with a globalised Muslim diaspora in reframing identity. Do these interactions refresh local ICH or challenge it? The project investigates present streams of representation in South Africa and explores the influence of the current phase of Western globalisation on Muslim identity in a particular diaspora.