Fatima Meer, a South African academic, public intellectual, and activist, was a tireless fighter for social justice and human rights―for which she variously suffered banning and detention by the apartheid government. After the end of apartheid, she declined a parliamentary seat, choosing instead to continue her advocacy work. She did, however, subsequently serve the ANC government in several capacities. She died in 2010, at the age of 81. In Fatima Meer, Shireen Hassim deftly weaves a narrative in which Meer’s distinctive individuality unfolds. This serves as an apt context for the second part of the book, which presents Meer’s ideas in her own voice and makes palpable her belief in a common humanity.