An invaluable insight into progressive Islam, which exposes how the Quran supports a commitment to racial, gender, sexual and economic equality, as well as supporting commitments both to non-violence and to environmental responsibility. Esack was himself trained in Pakistani Muslim schools and also offers his unique view - as a South African Muslim - into how Islam inspired the emergence of a new South Africa. Readers are offered a primer on progressive issues that Esack argues exist at the core of Islam.
Farid Esack is an acclaimed scholar and a leader in Peace for Life--an international interreligious organization focusing on the work of justice. The author of several books, including "On Being a Muslim, " he has served as Gender Equity Commissioner of South Africa and has taught at a number of universities across the world, including Harvard. He lives in Cape Town.