Sa’diyya Shaikh is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  Her research is situated at the intersection of Islamic Studies and Gender Studies. She has a special interest in Sufism and its implications for Islamic feminism and feminist theory. She is the author of Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ʿArabī, Gender and Sexuality. Her areas of research include gender-sensitive readings of hadith, Quranic exegesis and Sufi texts; theoretical and political debates on Islam and feminism; religion and gender-based violence; contemporary Muslim women’s embodied, experiential and everyday modes of understanding Quranic teachings (“Tafsir of Praxis”). Shaikh has also completed an empirical project focused on sexuality, marriage, and reproductive choices amongst South African Muslim women.