Cape Town on Foot: From the Slave Lodge to Bo-Kaap
Islam in the Cape
Keep walking straight.
Now, why do you think Islam took root in the Cape?
Well, a large part of the answer lies in the Dutch East India Company's fear of the spread of Islam in the Far East, where the company had its headquarters. In order to stem the tide, the Dutch decided to exile learned and influential Muslims to remote and isolated places such as the Cape. When they were here, these men were able to continue their teachings, but to the local population of Muslim slaves instead.
I'll meet you at the next corner.