The succession practices of Muslims in the Cape


My PhD research focuses on the intersection between South African Laws of Succession and the Islamic Laws of Succession, particularly as it pertains to the Muslim minority community in South Africa.  Part of my research entailed undertaking empirical studies in order to establish what the succession practices were of the Muslims in the Cape as a representative sample of Muslims in South Africa.  I adopted a Grounded Theory methodology and conducted qualitative interviews as well document-based research at the South African Archives as well as Muslim Judicial Bodies.   My presentation will focus on some of my findings.

Fatima Essop obtained her BA LLB and Master’s in Public Law from the University of Cape Town. She practiced as an attorney in public interest litigation, at both the Legal Resources Centre and the Women’s Legal Centre.  In 2003, she joined the Cape Bar as an Advocate of the High Court, where she practiced in various areas of law, including administrative, constitutional and family law.   In 2013, she registered for a BA degree in Islamic law and Arabic at the Islamic Peace College of South Africa (IPSA) and graduated cum laude in 2016.  In 2017 she registered for her PhD in UCT’s Law Faculty, where her research focuses on the intersection between South African and Islamic Laws of Succession.  As part of her PhD research, she is undertaking empirical research on the inheritance practices of Muslim families in the Cape.  She is currently a lecturer in the Private Law Department at UCT and is also an accredited family law mediator at FAMAC

Tue, 28 May 2019 -
12:50 to 14:00


 Room 4.29, Centre for Social Science Research , Seminar Room, Leslie Social Science Building,Upper Campus

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