Professor of Islamic Studies and Feminist Theory at the University of Cape Town
Dr. Sa'diyya Shaikh is a Professor at the University of Cape Town. Dr. Shaikh’s research and teaching are focused in the area of Islamic Studies with a twin focus on Sufism and feminism. She has previously published on issues of Muslim women and gender violence; feminist approaches to hadith and Quranic exegesis; contraception and abortion in Islam; theoretical reflections on Islam and feminism; Sufism, gender and Islamic law; and "Engaged Sufism". Currently she is completing a manuscript on gender and sexuality in the works of a 13th century Sufi thinker, Ibn Arabi. In collaboration with the Department of Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch and an NGO, *Positive Muslims*, Dr Shaikh has initiated and is co-directing a research project that focuses on sexuality, marriage, HIV/Aids and reproductive choices amongst South African Muslim women.