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 Prof. Najma  Moosa

Position: Senior Professor
Department: Private Law
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Qualifications: BA (Law) UWC 1985
LLB (UWC) 1987
LLM (UWC) 1992
LLD (UWC) 1997

Tel: 021 959 3320
Fax: 021 959 0000



Najma Moosa, Senior Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), has a career in academia spanning more than 30 years. She became the first black Head of Department, Professor, Dean (the first woman Dean of a South African Law Faculty) and Senior Professor in the Faculty. She is an admitted Advocate.

She has four law degrees. Both her LLM and LLD degrees were the first awarded at UWC, and the theses were the first to deal, respectively, with the Islamic law of succession, and constitutionalism and Muslim Personal Law (MPL). She has engaged in doctoral (at Yale Law School) and post-doctoral (at the School for Oriental and African Studies) research.

She is a National Research Foundation rated researcher. Her research milestones include drafting contributions to two South African Law Reform Commission Projects: on Muslim children (Project 110, 1998) and on Muslim marriages (Project 59, 1999-2003). She is the author of many academic articles, and of several first of their kind South African books: “Unveiling the Mind: A Herstory” (2004; 2nd edition 2011) on the legal position of Muslim women, a co-edited volume “Muslim Personal Law in South Africa” (2019) containing contributions on MPL, and “The Mystery of the Apostasy of Shaykh Yusuf of Makassar’s Alleged Grandchildren: The Children of The Rajah of Tambora” (2020) (in press) which is an investigative and literary work on a critical time in our history and tackling an important issue on the legacy of Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar.

She has given many high-profile lectures and presented at conferences, locally and all over the world. As a graduate-alumna of both the HERS-SA Academy and the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program, she has received mentorships at, respectively, Wellesley College and Old Dominion University. She is the recipient of many teaching, research and community awards. She currently serves as a member of the Editorial Team of “Jurnal Syariah” [Shariah Journal].

In August 2019 she was a nominee for the inaugural Women in Law South Africa (WOZA) award for her excellence in academia. In October 2020 she was nominated by the Dean as ‘Top Achiever’ in the Law Faculty for the second edition of Digimag, an initiative started by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) focusing on excellence of women academics and women leaders at UWC.




 1989  admitted as Advocate to High Court of South Africa    


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