Ahmed Deedat

Ahmed Hoosen Deedat (1918-2005CE) founded the Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI). He developed the Comparative Religions Approach, using the Bible to attack Christianity in order to ‘demonstrate the truth of Islam’. His approach can be described as “Apologetics through Polemics”.

Deedat’s own writings and a wide selection of his lectures and debates are available on the internet:

A high quality video collection of Sheikh Ahmed Deedat’s debates and lectures. 

The following books and articles all deal with aspects of Deedat’s life and work:

C. Ahmed, “The Wahubiri wa Kislamu (Preachers of Islam) in East Africa”, Africa Today 54.4 (2008) 3-18.

J. Chesworth, ‘Fundamentalism and Outreach Strategies in East Africa: Christian Evangelism and Muslim Da‘wa’, in Muslim-Christian Encounters in Africa, ed. B.J. Soares, (Leiden 2006) 159-186.

Id., The use of Scripture in Swahili tracts by Muslims and Christians in East Africa (Diss. Birmingham 2008).

Id., ‘Ahmed Deedat (1918-2005)’ Encyclopaedia entry in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, (de Gruyter forthcoming).

J. Gilchrist, Qur’an and Bible Series (rebuttals of booklets by Deedat).

M. Haron, “The Dynamics of Christian-Muslim Relations in South Africa (circa 1960-2000): From Exclusivism to Pluralism”, Muslim World 96.3, (2006) 423-468.

International Propagation Centre International.

B. Larkin, ‘Ahmed Deedat and the Form of Islamic Evangelism’, Social Text 96 Vol. 26:3 (2008) 101-121.

S. Sadouni, Islam <<minoritaire>>, diaspora et leadership en Afrique du Sud, (Diss. Aix en Provence 1997).

Id., ‘Le minoritaire sud-africain Ahmed Deedat, une figure originale de la da’wa’, Islam et sociétés au sud du Sahara 12 (1999) 149-170.

Id., ‘Ahmed Deedat et l’islam Indien en Afrique du Sud: Individualisme at transnationalisme Islamique’, Archives de sciences socials des religions 139 (2007) 101-118.

G. Vahed, ‘Obituary: Ahmed Hoosen Deedat 1918-2005’, Annual Review of Islam in South Africa 8 (2005) 88-92.

D. Westerlund, ‘Ahmed Deedat’s Theology: Apologetics through Polemics’ Journal of Religion in Africa 33.3 (2003) 263-278.

K. Zebiri, Muslims and Christians Face to Face (Oxford 1997).