Emeritus Prof Amina Wadud is a scholar of Islamic Studies and has authored the pioneering texts “Quran and Woman” and “Inside the Gender Jihad”. In addition to her critical scholarly contributions, Prof Wadud has also been centrally involved in a number of international activist social networks for gender equality and social reform in Muslim societies. She is a founding member of ”Sisters in Islam” an activist organisation started in 1987 in Malaysia, as well as a central resource person for “Musawah," a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. Prof Wadud is also known as the “Lady Imam” in light of her revolutionary role as a contemporary religious authority. This role as a Muslim religious leader was publicly initiated in Cape Town in her landmark 1994 Friday khutbah (sermon) at Claremont Main Road Mosque.
David Chidester is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. His publications include Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture, Wild Religion: Tracking the Sacred in South Africa, and Empire of Religion: Imperialism and Comparative Religion.
Armando Salvatore, a social theorist and scholar of comparative religion, is the Barbara and Patrick Keenan Chair in Interfaith Studies and Professor of Global Religious Studies (Society and Politics) at McGill University. He has taught and researched at Humboldt University Berlin, University of Naples 'L’Orientale,' National University of Singapore, Leipzig University, and Australian National University, Canberra. He is the author of The Sociology of Islam: Knowledge, Power and Civility (Wiley Blackwell, 2016) and the chief editor of The Wiley Blackwell History of Islam (Wiley Blackwell, 2018).
Dr. Sanal Mohan Padikaparampil is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. He has published research articles on the discourses and practices of the movement. He combines history and ethnography in his research. His areas of research interest include colonial modernity, social movements and questions of identity, Dalit Movements and Christianity in India.