Shahanaz is currently studying for a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, with a focus on Islamic legal theory. Prior to this, she also completed her MA in Islamic Studies, at SOAS University, as well as the full Alimiyyah programme at Ebrahim College, London.

Shahanaz also holds an undergraduate degree in Law, and has worked in public policy and strategy in both a local and national context. She continues to take an active role in the community through various voluntary activities, as well as teaching both in traditional and non-traditional contexts.