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Sultan Khan
Discipline Sociology
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Campus Howard College Campus
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  • BA (1981) and BA Honours in Sociology (1983) University of Durban-Westville
  • BA(SS) in Social Work (1996) University of South Africa
  • MA Social Policy (1998) University of Durban-Westville
  • PhD in Sociology (2000) University of Durban-Westville.
  • Registered with the South African Council of Social Services Profession.
  • NRF rated scientist

Teaching Interests:

Research Methodology (quantitative and qualitative methods), Project Management, Sociology of Social Issues and Urban Sociology



  • (De)Monopolising Paradise – UNISA Press, Pretoria, South Africa. co-edited with Lubna Nadvi (eds)


  • Contemporary Social Issues in Africa: Cases from Gaborone, Kampala and Durban co-edited with Mokong S. Mapadimeng. Published by Africa Institute of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


  • “Undressing Durban” Madiba Publishers, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban co-edited with R. W. Pattman

Papers and Chapters


  • Searching the Diasporic Roots: A Genealogical Journey into Family History Alternation Special Edition No. 15 226-248.
  • “Legalise it, don’t Criminalise it”: The Cannabis Discourse in South Africa Acta Criminologica Southern African Journal of Criminology Special Edition No.3 167-179.
  • Female Trans-border migration: Case of Rwandan women migrants in Durban, South Africa Oriental Anthropologist 15(2):123-138. (with Rudigi Rukema Joseph)
  • South African Indian Muslim Community and its Role in Responding to International Disasters in Pratap Kumar (ed) Indian Diaspora: Socio-Cultural and Religious Worlds, Brill Publishers Boston 199-228 (with Gabralla, A.K and Ebrahim A.F.M)
  • Interfaith Marriages and Marital Stability amongst the Indian Diaspora in the Durban Metropolitan Area, South Africa in Pratap Kumar (ed) Indian Diaspora: Socio-Cultural and Religious Worlds, Brill Publishers Boston 177-198 (with Singh S.B.)
  • Planning and Sustainable Development of Low Income Human Settlements in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Journal of Human Ecology, 50(1): 43-58. (with Wallis M.)
  • Sustainable Local Economic Development (LED) and Rural Land Reform Challenges and Prospects in Post-Apartheid South Africa–A Policy Perspective. Journal of Economics Vol. 6 (1):8-17.


  • Development Public Policies, Emerging Contradictions and Prospects in the post-Apartheid South Africa in G.L. Ribiero, T. Dwyer, A. Borges and E.Viola (Eds) Social, Political and Cultural Challenges of the BRICS, ANPOCS, Langaa RPCIG, Brazil. 181-206.
  • Historical Evolution of Durban’s Public Transport System and Challenges for the Post-Apartheid Metropolitan Government in New Contree Vol. 70. Special Edition:173-194.
  • The Theory and Praxis of Local Government – Finding an Ideal Model during the Transitional Period of Democracy in South Africa. Journal of Social Studies. Vol. 1(1):22-46. Inaugural Issue.
  • Youth in Conflict with the Law - A Study of the Psycho-socio and Criminogenic Factors of South African Youth in Detention. Journal of Psychology, Vol. 5(2):105-114 (with Singh, S.B).
  • The Economics of Transnational Organised Crime (TOC) in the Maritime Domain: Drug Trafficking in Africa and the Southern African Continent. Journal of Social Sciences. Vol. 41(3):523-534 (with Singh, S.B).
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Poverty Alleviation and Sustainability of Community-based Projects in the Inanda Region in Durban, South Africa. Studies of Tribes and Tribals Vol 12(2):187-199 (with Mtshali, M. N. G. and Raniga, T).
  • “South Africa’s Maritime Security Bazaar”- The Bizarre Arms Deal and Collapse of its Newly Acquired State of Art Frigates to Protect the Maritime Sector. Man in India, 94(3):439-452.
  • Introduction Chapter in (De)Monopolising Paradise, Khan S and Nadvi S (eds) Unisa Press, South Africa.
  • India and its Diaspora: making sense of Hindu identity in South Africa. Diaspora Studies 7( 1)28–41 (with Gopal, N and Singh, S.B).
  • South African Muslim Clergy and its Political Response to Colonialism and Apartheid. Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology 4:83-94.


  • Rebranding of the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park in South Africa: Reflections on Benefits and Challenges for the Former of St Lucia Journal of Human Ecology 43 (1) pp17-28 with Chellan, N and Mtshali, M.
  • Exploring the Contributions of Sporting Activities in Promoting Positive Youth Development (PYD) within a Developing Context of South Africa. Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology Special Edition 3 pp 29-39 with Emmanuel Mayeza.
  • Interfaith Marriages in the Name of Love: Prospects for Marital Stability amongst a Group of People of Indian Origin in the Durban Metropolitan Area, South Africa. Man In India, 93 (4) pp 607-625 with Shanta B. Singh
  • Gender Perceptions of Crime and its Reduction amongst White South Africans in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The Oriental Anthropologist Vol.13 (2) pp397-410 with Shanta Balgobind-Singh.
  • Chronicling the Effects of the 2008 Xenophobic Attacks amongst a Select Group of Congolese and Burundian Women in the City of Durban. Alternation Special Edition 7 pp 176 – 196 with Rudigi Rukema J.
  • South African Indian Muslim Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) Response to International Disasters: Case Study of the Gift of the Givers Foundation . Man In India, 93 (4) pp 713-737 with Gabralla A. K and Ebrahim AFM
  • Occupational Health and Safety Framework in the Global Era: A Study of Labour Brokers in the City of Durban Chapter in Yaruingam A.S. and Kapoor R (eds) Inside Africa – Contemporary Perspectives, Centre for African Studies, University of Delhi, Shipra Publisers, India. With Ivan Niranjan
  • A Township Moulana’s Impact on the Lives of the Sunni Muslim Congregation in Chatsworth, South Africa and Internationally, in Vahed G and Desai A (eds) Chatsworth. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, South Africa.
  • The Rhetoric of Participation: A Study of the Planning and Development of Low-Income Human Settlements in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal Africanus, Journal of Development Studies Vol.43(1) pp 126 - 143 with Fazel Khan and Jay Govender.
  • Urban Sustainability Rhetoric and Neo-liberal Realities: Durban – A city in Transition. Chapter in Book, Michigan State University Press with Brij Maharaj, eds. Igor Vojnovic.
  • Religious Co-existence: Tolerance and Contestation amongst Hindu and Muslim Faith Groups of Indian Origin in South Africa Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology 4(1-2): 149-157.


  • Provision of Sustainable and Liveable Low Income Human Settlements in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa– An Analysis of Policy Contradictions and Challenges Journal of Human Ecology, 40(1): 17-31 (2012) with Fazel Khan.
  • Emerging Class Segregation and Social Polarisation in post-Apartheid Durban, South Africa The Oriental Anthropologist, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2012, Pages 67-88 with Stephane Vermeulen
  • The “Chatsie Muslim” A Socio-historical Analysis of Muslims of Indentured Origin The Oriental Anthropologist, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2012, Pages 445-461
  • Changing Family Forms, Patterns and Emerging Challenges within the South African Indian diaspora Journal of Comparative Family Studies pp.134-150


  • The Nature and Extent of Philanthropy Amongst the Rainbow South African Muslim Community Man in India Vol 91 (1) pp 169-193.
  • Faith Based Humanitarian Assistance in response to Disasters: A study of the South African Muslim Diaspora Chapter in Book titled Comparative Emergency Management: Examining Global and Regional Responses to Disasters edited by Miller S. DeMond and Rivera, J.A, Rowan University, New Jersey, Taylor and Francis


  • Researching Postmodern Urban Spaces – Reflections on (re)Searching Gothenburg, Sweden Review Essay in Loyola Journal of Social Sciences Vol. XXIV No.2 pp204-216.
  • Introductory Chapter to book titled Contemporary Social Issues in Africa – Cases in Gaborone, Kampala, and Durban Published by Africa Institute of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. (with Mokong S. Mapadimeng)
  • Contesting Social Issues in the Pre and Post Democratic South Africa – The Emergence of New Social Movements Chapter in Book titled Contemporary Social Issues in Africa – Cases in Gaborone, Kampala, and Durban Published by Africa Institute of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. (With Mduduzi G. Mtshali).
  • Challenges Facing Poverty Relief Projects in the Urban Renewable Programme of Inanda in the eThekwini Municipality Chapter in Book titled Contemporary Social Issues in Africa – Cases in Gaborone, Kampala, and Durban Published by Africa Institute of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Direct Politics: The Struggle for Participative Spaces in Local Government Decision- Making in Heneicken L and Prozesky H (eds) Society in Focus – Change, Challenge and Resistance: Reflections from South Africa and Beyond Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK (with Jay Govender)
  • Urban transportation and sustainability in South African Cities in International Journal of Urban Environment Vol. 4 pp 16-30 (with Stephane Vermeulen)


  • Privatisation of Durban Public Transport and Challenges for an Emerging Metropolitan Transport Authority – Loyola Journal of Social Sciences XXIII (2) July-Dec 131-156 (With Benoit Lootvoet and Stephane Vermeulen)
  • ‘Children of a Lesser God’: Contesting South Indian Muslim Identities in KwaZulu-Natal South African Historical Journal 61 (1)2009 86-102


  • Contesting Ecotourism Development in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park) in KwaZulu-Natal Alternation Special Edition on Nature and People 15 (1) 268-289 (with Noel Chellan)
  • Religion and Development Human Sciences Research Report South Africa (with Brij Maharaj, Adam Habib, Irwin Chetty, Merle Favis, Pearl Sithole and Reshma Sookrajh)


  • The Clash between Traditional and Modern Systems of Governance in the Durban Metropolis – A Tale of Two Administrative Civilizations Alternation Special Edition on Social Polarisation 13(2)174-197 (with Benoit Lootvoet and Evangelos A. Mantzaris).
  • Adapting to Participatory Forms of \Development Planning in the eThekwini Municipality in Africanus – Journal of Development Studies 37(1)66-78 (with Jay P. Govender, and Sathi Moodley)
  • Social Polarisation Introductory Chapter Alternation Special Edition 13(2)1-10 (with Rob W. Pattman)
  • Public Transport Challenges in Durban – Traveling the Road to the World Cup 2010 in Undressing Durban 144-155, Madiba Publishers, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
  • Undressing Durban - Introductory Chapter 15-62 Madiba Publishers University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban (with Rob W. Pattman)
  • An Exploration of Pupil Enrolment Projections within KwaZulu Natal: Implication for Teacher Demand analysis – Version 2 South African Journal ofHigher Education 21(1)163-180 (with Labby Ramrathan and Fazel Khan)


  • Indigenous Knowledge and the African Curriculum: A case study at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Alternation Special Edition on Higher Education, Higher Education Mergers and Africanisation 13 (1)279-297 (with Evangelos A. Mantzaris)
  • The state of Philanthropy amongst the Muslim Diaspora in South Africa in Diaspora Brill publishers Boston. (with Mohsin A. F. Ebrahim)
  • Transcending Traditional forms of Governance: Prospects for Co-operative Governance and Service Delivery in Durban’s Tribal Authority Areas. Transformation – Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa Vol 62 84-117 (with Benoit Lootvoet and Shahid Vawda)


  • Privatisation, Worker Compromise and the Emergence of Quasi-Monopolies: The case of Durban Transport South African Labour Bulletin 29(2) 58-59 April/May


  • Privatisation for a Better Regulation? Durban’s challenge for a better public Transport Autrepart Vol (32) 75 – 94 (Adrian Bellengere, Benoit Lootvoet B and StephaneVermeulin)
  • An Exploration of Pupil Enrolment Projections within KZN: Implications for Teacher Demand Analysis Version 1 in Bulletin for Academic Staff and Students School of Educational Studies UKZN 14 (1) 72-88 (with Labby Ramrathan and Fazel Khan)
  • Rich Cities: Poor Citizens - Decentralisation and Service Delivery Prospects in South African Metropolises Journal of Critical Dialogue 1(1)34-39 Centre for Public Participation, Durban.


  • Tribal Authority and Service Delivery in the Durban Uni-City in Government, Governance and Urban Territories in Southern Africa, Proceedings of the International Symposium, (eds) Mulenga, M and Durbresson A, Lusaka, University of Zambia, 155 – 180 (with Benoit Lootvoet)


  • The causes of Marital Breakdown amongst the Disapora of Muslims of Indian Origin in Indian Journal of Social Work Vol 63 Issue 3 April 2002 378-403 (with Louw-Haardt Stears).
  • Infrastructure, Service Delivery and Local Government in Hindson D, Freund B, Lootvoet B and Bouillon A (eds) Governance, Urban Dynamics and Economic Development: A comparative analysis of the metropolitan areas of Durban, Abidjan and Marseilles Plumline Publishers Durban South Africa. 297-310 (with Benoit Lootvoet)
  • Decentralisation in South Africa and its Cities: The Challenge in Durban Autrepart Vol 21101 118 (with Benoit Lootvoet)
  • Youth Participation in the Labour Force: Globalisation and Some critical Junctures for Youth Employment Policies in the post-Apartheid South Africa in Szell G, Chetty D, Chouraqi A (eds) Participation , Globalisation and Culture: International and South African Perspectives Peter Lang Frankfurt Germany. 285-303 (with David Hemson)


  • Tribal Authority and Service Delivery in the Durban Uni-City in Proceedings of International Symposium on Government, Governance and Urban Territories in Southern Africa Mark C. Mulenga and Alain Dubresson (eds) 115-182 University of Zambia


  • Urban Reconstruction, Development and Planning in the new South Africa: The Case of Durban in Dandekar H.C. (ed) City Space and Globalization - An International Perspective Michigan USA 143-150 (with Brij Maharaj)
  • Restructuring the Apartheid City – Cato Manor: “A Prime Urban Reconstruction Opportunity” Urban Forum Volume 9 No. 2 197-223 (with Brij Maharaj)

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