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Prof Farid Esack

Prof Farid Esack
Department of Religion Studies
Professor: The Study of Islam

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A-Ring 606/607
+27 (0) 11 559 2787
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

​Fax: + 27 (0)11 559 3858


B Th. Darsi Nizami (Jami’ah Aleemiyya Islamia (Karachi), PhD (Birmingham UK)

Farid Esack is a South African Muslim liberation theologian, Professor in the Study of Islam and Head of the Department of Religion Studies.  He studied in Pakistan, the UK and Germany and is the author of Qur’an, Liberation and Pluralism”, On Being a MuslimAn Introduction to the Qur’an, and with Sarah Chiddy, the co-editor of “Islam, HIV & AIDS –Between Scorn Pity & Justice (all by Oxford: Oneworld) He has published on Islam, Gender, Liberation Theology, Interfaith Relations, and Qur'anic Hermeneutics and currently works on the Qur’an and socio-economic justice and in developing a niche at UJ for the Study of Islam, Decolonization and Liberation. Esack served as a Commissioner for Gender Equality in South African and has taught at the Universities of Western Cape, and Hamburg, the College of William & Mary and Union Theological Seminary (NY) and at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Before his appointment at UJ he served as the Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islam at Harvard University. Other than the gym, Pakistani food, travelling (alas, nearly always for work) and good company, life is pretty much about academic work and activist commitments – all of which are great fun.