Discuss the history of the recognition of Muslim law in South Africa.
Islam in South Africa is a minority religion, practiced by roughly 1.9% of the total population. Islam in South Africa has grown in three phases. The first phase brought the earliest Muslims as part of the involuntary migration of slaves, artisans, political prisoners, and political exiles from Africa and Asia that lasted from about 1652 to the mid-1800s. The second phase was the arrival of indentured laborers from British India to work in the sugar-cane fields in Natal between 1860 and 1868, and again from 1874 to 1911.