Dr. Fatima Seedat (PhD Islamic Law, McGill) presently holds a Senior Lectureship in Gender Studies at the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where her long term project is concerned with the convergence of historical and traditional constructions of sex difference with contemporary gender norms and legal paradigms. Using the context of Muslim personal law debates in South Africa, she has investigated the discursive construction of the female legal subject through the framework of legal capacity, al-ahliyya, in Mulla Jiwan’s Nur al-Anwar, a classical Hanafi text of usul al-fiqh. Writing against a backdrop of Islamophobia and militarised Muslim masculinity, her publications theorise the convergence of Islam and feminism through a decolonial reading of both intellectual paradigms. Outside of academia, she has worked for the South African Commission on Gender Equality, consulted for international human rights organisations and co-founded Shura Yabafazi, a South African NGO that focuses on sex difference in Muslim family law.