chapter  6
20 Pages

Race, schooling and religious conflict at the Bulawayo Indian School, Southern Rhodesia, 1935–1950

WithBarbara Mahamba

This chapter dwells on mainly on what appears to be religiously motivated conflict among Indian immigrants in colonial Bulawayo as it played out at the Bulawayo Indian School. It argues that religion as a source of conflict at the Bulawayo Indian School is just the tip of the iceberg. The chapter recognizes the centrality the vulnerability of the Muslim children, particularly the Indo-African children, in the religious ‘friction’ at the Bulawayo Indian School. It brings out the part played by religion, not only in starting religious, political and social conflicts but also in resolving these conflicts. The chapter builds on the renewed interest in experiences of Asians in Zimbabwe, a trend that has already been set by B. Mpofu and F. Musoni, who cite earlier works on Indian migrants. It analyzes the effects of European ambivalence to the Hindu separatist plight and the Indian demands for education of their children.