The international congress on “Islamic Civilisation in Southern Africa” was organized by IRCICA, the Awqaf South Africa (Awqaf SA), the University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN ) and the International Peace College South Africa (IPSA), in Durban, South Africa, on 4-6 March 2016. Media institutions from South Africa contributed to the organization of the congress namely ITV, Radio Al Ansaar and Minara Chamber of Commerce. Within the framework of IRCICA’s activities, this was the second congress on this theme after the symposium which was held in 2006 in Johannesburg (organized by IRCICA, Awqaf SA and the University of Johannesburg). The Durban congress received contributions of studies from academics, media specialists and editors, representatives of community establishments. The participants came from Botswana, Uganda, usa, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The subjects of history and culture touched upon in the congress encompassed the whole Southern Africa region.
Some of the subjects addressed by the scholarly papers contained in the volume are: social life and administration of Muslim communities in South Africa region; social institutions, specifically charitable foundations; education development programs and policies; social practices and traditions involving interactions of local and Islamic traditions; Muslims’ contributions to national independence processes in South Africa; scholarly studies and literature on the Muslim minorities; media institutions, broadcasts and publications.