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Fatima Meer was an intellectual, academic, writer and activist – a tireless fighter for social justice and human rights. Her intellectual work sought to intertwine place, identity, and ethical commitment. In 1994 Fatima declined a parliamentary seat due to her preference to work in the non-governmental sector. She did however serve the ANC government in several capacities. In 2010, at the age of 81, Fatima Meer died after a stroke.

In her account of Fatima Meer, author Shireen Hassim deftly weaves a narrative in which Meer's distinctive individuality as an academic and activist unfolds. In particular, the reader comes to understand how Meer’s sense of a common humanity critically informed her stance in the world.

Fatima Meer is another addition to the HSRC Press Voices of Liberation series, and the first book in the series that showcases an Indian woman who uniquely straddled the worlds of academia and activism.

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Format : 210mm x 148mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 560
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2441-4
Publish Year : April 2019
Rights : World Rights

Part 1: The free mind of Fatima Meer

Race beyond black and white

Indian–African co-operation

Early life

The activist is groomed

University

The activist academic

America, Black Consciousness and Islam Writer

The Institute for Black Research

Violence in the 1980s

Negotiations and democracy

Part 2: Her Voice

Sample of extracts featured:

Portrait of Indian South Africans

Race and suicide

The ghetto people

Apartheid: Our picture

Factory and family

Unrest in Durban

The trial of Andrew Zondo

Higher than hope

Towards understanding Iran today

The power of the powerless

The South African Ghandi

Shireen Hassim holds a Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and African Politics at Carleton University (Ottawa) and is a Visiting Professor at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), University of the Witwatersrand. She is the author of Women’s Organisations and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), The ANC Women’s League: Sex, Gender and Politics (Jacana, 2014) and the editor of several other books.

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