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Shafinaaz Hassim is a South African author, poet and sociologist. Her works include “Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion- A South African Perspective” (2007) and “Memoirs For Kimya” (2009).

Shafinaaz completed a Master of Arts in Social Science at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and after some work in social science research, she joined the corporate world. Her first book was launched at the Cape Town Book Fair in 2007. Her second book was launched on Women’s Day at Museum Africa during the Jozi Book Fair 2009.
Based on her research, she has presented seminars at Humboldt University in Berlin and she has also lectured at the Department of Sociology at both UKZN in Durban, SA and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, SA.

She is the editor of “Belly of Fire: an anthology” (2011) and has recently authored a novel on domestic violence titled, “SoPhia” (Nov,2012).

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