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Fatima Meer

Shireen Hassim
Fatima Meer
ISBN: 978-0-7969-2441-4
2019/560 pages
Distributed for HSRC Press
Voices of Liberation

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Fatima Meer, a South African academic, public intellectual, and activist, was a tireless fighter for social justice and human rights—for which she variously suffered banning and detention by the apartheid government. After the end of apartheid, she declined a parliamentary seat, choosing instead to continue her advocacy work. She did, however, subsequently serve the ANC government in several capacities. She died in 2010, at the age of 81.

In Fatima Meer, Shireen Hassim deftly weaves a narrative in which Meer's distinctive individuality unfolds. This serves as an apt context for the second part of the book, which presents Meer's ideas in her own voice and makes palpable her belief in a common humanity.


Shireen Hassim is professor of political studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.


  • Race Beyond Black and White.
  • Indian–African Cooperation.
  • 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.
  • HER VOICE (A Partial List of the Selections Included):
  • 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 Gandhi.