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The Muslim Academy

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A major factor in the development of modern Islamic education in Zanzibar was the establishment of the Muslim Academy. The history of the Muslim Academy presented in this chapter can be divided thus into three distinct stages: genesis and foundation from the late 1940s up to 1954, a period of routinization under Sayyid ̔Umar ̔Abdallāh from 1954 to 1964, and a new start in the early 1970s as an 'Islamic school' (Chuo Cha Kiislamu) that was supposed to train cadres for the administration of religious affairs (schools, legislation, awqāf) as defined by the revolutionary government of Zanzibar. The idea of setting up a Muslim Academy in Zanzibar was first addressed in a letter of 12 July 1948 by the DoE, Harvey, who wrote an extensive memorandum on a possible 'Muslim Seminary'.

Keywords: Chuo Cha Kiislamu (CCK); Muslim academy; Sayyid ̔Umar ̔Abdallāh; Zanzibar



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