Prof Ulrich Berner is Professor (em.) of Religious Studies in the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Bayreuth in Germany and Affiliated senior fellow at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS). His areas of research are European Religious History, Christianity in Africa, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion.
Sa’diyya Shaikh is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her research is situated at the intersection of Islamic Studies and Gender Studies, with a special interest in Sufism. Her areas of research also include gender-sensitive readings of hadith and Quran; theoretical debates on Islam and feminism; religion and gender-based violence; and empirical work on South African Muslim Women. Her current research project is entitled “Gender, Justice and Muslim Ethics”.
Revd Dr Isaias Ezequiel Chachine was born in Southern Mozambique, Xai-xai, Gaza. After graduating in Theology at the University Natal, Pietermaritzburg, proceeded for further studies in Sweden where he obtained his PhD in Theological Ethics at the University of Uppsala. He lectured in Ethics for many years at the College of Transfiguration, an Anglican Theological Seminary, in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, and served as a visiting scholar at Rhodes University, Department of Political and International Studies, lecturing in Political Philosophy.
Dianna Bell studies the history and ethnography of indigenous religions and Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa (especially Mali). Her current research focuses on mutual influences between indigenous religion and Islam in Mali. Drawing primarily on biographical research in southern Mali, her research uses biography to study a range of topics, including the concept of merit, religion and ecology, dream interpretation and Baha'ism in Mali.