Department of Religious Studies and Arabic

Prof M Iqbal D Jhazbhay

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Religious Studies and Arabic
Tel: 012 429 8022


  • Certificate in Literary Arabic, (American University, Cairo)
  • Advanced Arabic Certificate, (King Saud University, Riyadh)
  • BA student, Qur’an and Hadith (King Saud University)
  • BA (Honours), Islamic Studies (University of Johannesburg)
  • MA, Applied Arabic Linguistics (University of Salford, Manchester)
  • Phd, International Relations, Islam and Politics (University of Witwatersrand)

Fields of academic interests

  • Islam, Religion and Sufism in the Horn of Africa
  • International Relations, Politics, Religion and Development in Somaliland, Eritrea and Ethiopia

Field of Specialisation

  • Islam and International Relations
  • Horn of Africa studies
  • Political Islam
  • Sufism


  • Somaliland: An African Struggle for Nationhood and International Recognition. Johannesburg: Institute for Global Dialogue & South African Institute of International Affairs (2009) ISBN 978-1-920216-20-7

Selected Book chapters:

  • African Security Review on Horn of Africa (Sudan, Somaliland, Somalia). Editorial, “Horn of Hope”, Volume 13 (2), (2004), 1-3
  • “South African Foreign Policy towards North Africa” in Chris Landsberg and Jo-Ansie Van Wyk, South African Foreign Policy Review, Africa Institute of South Africa (2012) 67-77 ISBN Number 978-0-7983-0291-3
  • “Political Islam, Africa, and the ‘War on Terror’: Engaging African & US Interests” in Melinda Smith, Securing Africa, 9/11 and the Discourse on Terrorism, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, UK (2010) 67-77 ISBN Number 978-0-7546-7545-7
  • “Somaliland's case of successful power sharing: An Islamic-traditional pact & lessons learnt” in Cornelius Du Toit, Power sharing and African Democracy: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Tshwane: Unisa Research Institute for Theology and Religion (2010) 173-15

Journal articles

  • “Islam and Stability in Somaliland and the Geo-politics of the War on Terror”, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 28, No. 2, August (2008), 173-205
  • “African Foreign Policy in a Changing Geo-Strategic Environment”, Africa Insight, 32, December, (2002), 67-70. Written with Francis Kornegay
  • “An Emerging Muslim Identity in the Global Village: The South African Presentation at the International Conference on ‘Azmat Al-Hawiyya’”, Journal Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs) 20 (2) (2000), October, 369-372
  • “The Contemporary Path of Qibla Thought – a Hermeneutical Reflection”, Journal for Islamic Studies (University of Cape Town), 12 (1992), 84-100. Written with the late Prof Charl Le Roux
  • “A Fatwa from al-Azhar for South Africa”, Journal for Islamic Studies, 11, (1991), 43-52