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Name: Prof Sultan Khan
Country:South Africa
State:KwaZulu-Natal
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Category: Muslim Memoir/Book of the Year
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The nominee has been an anti-apartheid activist since 1976 until the dawn of democracy in 1994. He served various community based organisations and Non Governmental Organisations during this period. Due to his political and community engagement the candidate studied part time for a better part of his scholarly years and in 2000 completed his PhD. His academic career started at an apartheid tertiary institution the then University of Durban-Westville and now the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Since 1998 over a short period of sixteen years in academe, the candidate has published 51 scholarly papers in nationally and internationally recognized journals and book chapters. Within this period he completed three edited books titled (Un)Dresssing Durban (2007), Contemporary Social Issues in Africa (2010) and more recently (De)Monopolising Paradise (2014). Given his research and publication record, in 2008 the candidate has been rated by the South African National Research Foundation as a C rated researcher – a rating which the vast majority of academics in the country have not attained with a much longer term in academe. In the same year the candidate was nominated Associate Professor in Sociology. He has to his academic credit a BA Degree with Sociology, Psychology, and Criminology majors, a BA (Honours) Degree in Sociology, BA (SW) Degree with Social Work and Development Administration majors, an MA in Social Policy and a PhD in Sociology. The candidate apart from being disadvantaged like other black South Africans by colonialism and apartheid, he originates from a family of indentured Indians doubling his scholarly challenges.
The candidate has been a member of the South African Sociological Association for the past sixteen years until now, served on its council for a full term and chaired its development working group for past four years until this day. He is also a member of the International Sociological Association, presented 20 papers at national conferences and seventeen internationally.

 
The impact and influence the nominee had on the Muslim word:

The candidate served several community based organisations and NGOs. Many of them had a Social Welfare orientation within the Muslim community. He served the Muslim Home for Orphans and Destitute as a Child and Youth Care Worker, one of the founder member of the Muslim Board for Prison Welfare and State Institutions, one of the founders of the formal Street Child Residential Project called Zamani, founding member of the Islamic Relief Agency and various secular non-state organisations dealing with poverty and social issues. Academically the candidate is an authority on Urban Sociology, the Sociology of Social Issues and Research Methodology. However as aside, the candidate undertakes a wide range of research on his community. The following are the scientifically recognized publications Muslims and Islam in accredited journals and books: 2014 South African Muslim Clergy and its Political Response to Colonialism and Apartheid. The Oriental Anthropologist (Under Review). 2014 Introduction Chapter in (De)Monopolising Paradise, Khan S and Nadvi S (eds) Unisa Press, South Africa. 2013 A Township Moulana’s Impact on the Lives of the Sunni Muslim Congregation in Chatsworth, South Africa and Internationally, in Vahed G and Desai A (eds) Chatsworth. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, South Africa. 2013 South African Indian Muslim Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) Response to International Disasters: Case Study of the Gift of the Givers Foundation . Man in India, 93 (4) pp 713-737 with Gabralla A. K and Ebrahim AFM. 2013 Religious Co-existence: Tolerance and Contestation amongst Hindu and Muslim Faith Groups of Indian Origin in South Africa Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology 4(1-2): 149-157. 2013 Interfaith Marriages in the Name of Love: Prospects for Marital Stability amongst a Group of People of Indian Origin in the Durban Metropolitan Area, South Africa . Man In India, 93 (4) pp 607-625 with Shanta B. Singh. 2012 The “Chatsie Muslim” A Socio-historical Analysis of Muslims of Indentured Origin. The Oriental Anthropologist, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2012, Pages 445-461. 2011 The Nature and Extent of Philanthropy Amongst the Rainbow South African Muslim Community. Man in India Vol 91 (1) pp 169-193. 2011 Faith Based Humanitarian Assistance in response to Disasters: A study of the South African Muslim Diaspora Chapter in Book titled Comparative Emergency Management: Examining Global and Regional Responses to Disasters edited by Miller S. DeMond and Rivera, J.A, Rowan University, New Jersey, Taylor and Francis. 2009 ‘Children of a Lesser God’: Contesting South Indian Muslim Identities in KwaZulu-Natal . South African Historical Journal 61 (1)2009 86-102. 2008 Religion and Development Human Sciences Research Report South Africa (with Brij Maharaj , Adam Habib, Irwin Chetty, Merle Favis, Pearl Sithole and Reshma Sookrajh). 2006 The state of Philanthropy amongst the Muslim Diaspora in South Africa in Diaspora Brill Publishers Boston. (with Mohsin A. F. Ebrahim). 2002 The causes of Marital Breakdown amongst the Disapora of Muslims of Indian Origin in Indian Journal of Social Work Vol 63 Issue 3 April 2002 378-403 (with Louw-Haardt Stears). It is evident from the above scientific memoirs which constitute twelve, that the candidate has distinguished himself as an authority on critical social issues facing the Muslim community in the Southern most tip of Africa. His work has been cited by many international scholars interested in Islam in Southern African region. More recently, the candidate was the first author of a book titled (De)Monopolising Paradise which took him seven years to complete. The book won him accolades at the time of the Writer Festival during March this year in Durban and the South African National Book Exhibition during June in Cape Town this year. The basic argument of the book is that Islam is a tolerant religion and can co-exist with other faith groups. He together with his co-editor Dr Lubna Nadvi argue through the works of Ismial Moosa Meer a South African, Marmaduke Picthall, Moulana Kalam Azad and Fethullah Gulen that Islam is accommodating of non-Muslims and that it provides due respect for them. It respects all faith groups and in the 21st Century there appears to be greater intolerance of faith groups as compared to the era of communism. The book argues that the Muslim clergy needs to arrive on consensus on the interpretation of the divine text and not be driven by political and ideological reasons. The book thus far has gained momentum and can be sought from the University of South Africa Press a leading publishing house. Currently, negotiations are underway to translate the book in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, French and Turkish languages. This book will indeed make a difference to both the Muslim and other faith groups on the need for peace, tolerance and co-existence that is turning the world apart.

 
The impact and influence the nominee had on the world and humanity:

The candidates work is published in scientific journals and accredited books which are accessible to scholars on Islam and ordinary people. His approach of researching and writing requires a balance between hermeneutical understanding of the divine text on Islam and a scientific way at arriving at the fact. The topics that he has researched for publication are contemporary, and although localized to South Africa provide the Muslim world a methodological tool and ways to research social issues and challenges facing the Muslim world. When one looks at the journals and book chapters to which he made contribution to, it is of international standards hence his works although localized can be modelled by institutions in the Islamic world with similar or contrary findings. Hence, the candidate has developed a methodological approach to the study of Islamic issues that can best inform the western world in a language and form in which they can understand and comprehend the Muslim community globally in the 21st Century. This is one of the greatest contributions the candidate has made in the social sciences where religious issues are researched, analysed and examined in a social scientific way in which the literary world can appreciate.

 
How the nominee’s activities and achievement will continue to impact and influence in the future:

Scientific journals, books and book chapters do not die when the author does. These stand perpetuity time immemorial and as such the candidates work will remain as a baseline for further research, insights and understanding of the Islamic world and context in which he researchers and writes. The candidate’s critical thoughts contained in these journals, books and book chapters will provide future generations to test, retest, use as a baseline study to further research or even refute the assumptions that he has made. This will benefit both the Muslim world and those of other faiths to have a better understanding of Islam. The very fact that the candidate has presented papers at national and international scientific communities which are now published in accredited journals, books and as book chapters is indeed an indication of the courage and conviction that the candidate has to present issues concerning his religion to a diverse community. Hence the candidate at these scientific forums has drawn greater interest in researching and studying Islamic issues through methodologically tools acceptable to the scientific community.

 
List of any references that support the nomination, i.e books, magazaines, websites, ..etc

The candidates profile is on the university website. Click on link below to view the candidates full profile.


http://sss.ukzn.ac.za/staff-profile/sociology/sultan-khan.aspx

http://sss.ukzn.ac.za/publications.aspx



2014 South African Muslim Clergy and its Political Response to Colonialism and Apartheid. The Oriental Anthropologist (Under Review).

2014 Introduction Chapter in (De)Monopolising Paradise, Khan S and Nadvi S (eds) Unisa Press,
South Africa.

2013 A Township Moulana’s Impact on the Lives of the Sunni Muslim Congregation in Chatsworth, South Africa and Internationally, in Vahed G and Desai A (eds) Chatsworth. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, South Africa.

2013 South African Indian Muslim Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) Response to International
Disasters: Case Study of the Gift of the Givers Foundation . Man in India, 93 (4) pp 713-737 with Gabralla A. K and Ebrahim AFM.


2013 Religious Co-existence: Tolerance and Contestation amongst Hindu and Muslim Faith Groups of Indian Origin in South Africa Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology 4(1-2): 149-157.

2013 Interfaith Marriages in the Name of Love: Prospects for Marital Stability amongst a Group of People of Indian Origin in the Durban Metropolitan Area, South Africa . Man In India, 93 (4) pp 607-625 with Shanta B. Singh.

2012 The “Chatsie Muslim” A Socio-historical Analysis of Muslims of Indentured Origin. The Oriental Anthropologist, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2012, Pages 445-461.

2011 The Nature and Extent of Philanthropy Amongst the Rainbow South African Muslim
Community. Man in India Vol 91 (1) pp 169-193.

2011 Faith Based Humanitarian Assistance in response to Disasters: A study of the South African
Muslim Diaspora Chapter in Book titled Comparative Emergency Management: Examining Global and Regional Responses to Disasters edited by Miller S. DeMond and Rivera, J.A, Rowan University, New Jersey, Taylor and Francis.

2009 ‘Children of a Lesser God’: Contesting South Indian Muslim Identities in KwaZulu-Natal . South
African Historical Journal 61 (1)2009 86-102.

2008 Religion and Development Human Sciences Research Report South Africa (with Brij Maharaj , Adam Habib, Irwin Chetty, Merle Favis, Pearl Sithole and Reshma Sookrajh).

2006 The state of Philanthropy amongst the Muslim Diaspora in South Africa in Diaspora Brill Publishers Boston. (with Mohsin A. F. Ebrahim).

2002 The causes of Marital Breakdown amongst the Disapora of Muslims of Indian Origin in Indian Journal of Social Work Vol 63 Issue 3 April 2002 378-403 (with Louw-Haardt Stears).