Farid Esack is a scholar of the Qur’an and Contemporary Islam who has authored many famous written works on Islam and is arguably the world’s leading Islamic Liberation Theologian. He was appointed as gender equality commissioner by Nelson Mandela. Through the organization, The Call of Islam, Esack played a leading role in the struggle against apartheid.
He is an advocate of interreligious solidarity against all forms of injustice and has worked extensively to support Muslims infected with HIV. He is currently a Professor of the Study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg.
In 2018, he was awarded the Order of Luthuli (Silver), South Africa’s highest civilian order for his contribution to scholarship and work for justice.