South Africa: Unveiling the mind

University of the Western Cape
A herstory of the historical evolution of the legal position of women in Islam by Prof Najma Moosa.
While books on Islamic law abound, there is a dearth of information on the legal status of women from a woman's perspective.
This book, the first of its kind to be published in South Africa, is a book about Muslim written by a Muslim woman who has undertaken a personal journey to explore and understand the rights of women in Islam. This journey of extensive study and research, as shared in this book, included an investigation into the historical origins of Islam and subsequent interpretations by jurists as well as an in-depth look into the dilemmas facing contemporary Muslim women.

Professor Najma Moosa is a Professor in Law and the Dean of the Law Faculty at the University of the Western Cape. She was also a member of the South African Law Reform Commission's Project Committee tasked with the investigation of Islamic marriages and related matters.