Photo: FLTR is DR. Dr Halim Gençoĝlu, Chantelle de Kok (ATM Curator) and Michael Jonas (ATM Director)
The Afrikaans Language Museum in Paarl recently received a donation from the Turkish historian, Dr Halim Gençoĝlu, to complement the museum’s extensive archival material. Gençoĝlu, who specialises in Ottoman history, handed a copy of his thesis ‘ABU BAKR EFFENDI: A report on the activities and challenges of an Ottoman Muslim theologian in the Cape of Good Hope’, which he completed at the University of Cape Town for his Master’s degree, to the director and curator. In addition, he also donated a historical pamphlet and a framed newspaper report on Abu Bakr Effendi to the museum. Effendi was one of the most well-known imams that helped develop Arabic Afrikaans at the Cape in the early 1800s. Gençoĝlu has been associated with the university for a few years and has published numerous articles on Ottoman-African relations.
Photo: FLTR is Amira Brown (Events and Visitor Services Coordinator), Dr Halim Gençoĝlu and Chantelle de Kok (ATM Curator)
Photo: Framed newspaper report on Abu Bakr Effendi
Photo: FLTR is Dr Halim Gençoĝlu and Michael Jonas (ATM Director)