Farid Esack is a South African Muslim liberation theologian, and Professor in the Study of Islam in the Department of Religion Studies, University of Johannesburg. He studied in Pakistan, the UK and Germany and is the author of Qur’an, Liberation and Pluralism, On Being a Muslim, An Introduction to the Qur’an, and with Sarah Chiddy, the co-editor of Islam, HIV & AIDS –Between Scorn Pity & Justice. 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. From 2015-2016, Esack was President of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA). 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.