Islam is part of Africa

YOUR article "Lectures to headline Africa" on May 21 refers. Having attended a lecture within that programme titled "The Islamisation and Arabisation of Sudan - a Threat to Africa" by Sudanese researcher Mohammed Jalal Hashim, I'd like to raise some of the points the doctor raised.

YOUR article "Lectures to headline Africa" on May 21 refers. Having attended a lecture within that programme titled "The Islamisation and Arabisation of Sudan - a Threat to Africa" by Sudanese researcher Mohammed Jalal Hashim, I'd like to raise some of the points the doctor raised.

The use of the terms Islamisation and Arabisation, let alone suggesting that they pose a threat to Africa, is indicative of prejudice and bias against Islam and the Arabic language and culture.

Africa is a scene of complex cultural interaction and dynamics that are reshaping its societies and value systems. Within this process, Western ideologies and cultures like capitalism, liberalism, materialism and individualism , seem to have the greater impact. Why then single out Islamic and Arabic cultures and portray them as a threat to Africa ?

Most African countries are active members in the Commonwealth and the Francophone Group just as Western churches are very active and influential in many African countries. So why don't we hear terms like Englishisation, Frenchisation or Catholicisation and Anglicanisation ?

European languages were introduced in Africa through colonisation . Conversely, there have been linguistic and cultural links between Africa and the Arabia long before Islam was introduced in the 7th century . There was no organised effort to propagate Islam such as the missionary activities of Western churches.

B Elamin, Pretoria

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