M. Shahid MatheeMohamed Shahid Mathee joined the Department of Religion Studies at the University of Johannesburg in 2011. He obtained his PhD in Historical Studies from the University of Cape Town and his thesis was on the social history of Timbuktu’s everyday people (History from Below) during the colonial era (1896-1960) using legal opinions (fatwas) as a historical source. In addition to teaching, he continues his research on the Timbuktu manuscripts focusing on fatwas as a historical source and on Timbuktu’s historiographical tradition. He is also interested in Old and New Testament readings, the genesis and evolution of Muslim theological sects and discourses and de-colonial (post-colonial) theory.