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Fatima Meer was an intellectual, academic, writer and activist, but above all a tireless fighter for social justice and human rights. er 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 dies 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.