December 4, 2012 | by Shafinaaz Hassim
TEN Minutes with author Shafinaaz Hassim

I  wrote this book for women, for men, and for future gener-ations. I hope readers will realise the imprint abuse leaves on children. SoPhia was written not only to tell a story, but to move beyond the assum-ptions we make about abusive relationships and to reveal avenues for healing both victims and perpetrators. It is about what we expose young children to, and how we treat each other, and ourselves. Click here to read more.

Shafinaaz Hassim is a sociologist based in Johannesburg. She is the author of 'Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion -- A South African Perspective' (2007), 'Memoirs for Kimya' (2009), and the critically acclaimed novel on domestic violence 'SoPhia' (2012). Her work has been shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Creative Writing Prize and the prestigious K Sello Duiker Award 2013, and she has been awarded in Hay Festival's category of top 39 authors under the age of 40 in Africa during the London Book Fair 2014. She is also the editor of the Belly of Fire anthologies for social change series, which was launched in 2011. Her research focuses on biographical narrative in the interplay between personal and political spaces and she writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has lectured and presented seminars at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, Humboldt University in Berlin and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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  • slmz SHAFINAAZ.i met you at the school introduction to reading a month ago.i asked you about your workshops.i am an abused wife (cant believe i am coming out with this)and I would like to know if I would be able to chat with you or if you have any workshops.
    jzkAllah khair
    NADIA

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About Shafinaaz

Shafinaaz Hassim is a sociologist based in Johannesburg. She is the author of Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion -- A South African Perspective (2007), Memoirs for Kimya (2009), and the critically acclaimed novel on domestic violence SoPhia (2012). She is also the editor of the Belly of Fire anthologies for social change series, which was launched in 2011. Her research focuses on biographical narrative in the interplay between personal and political spaces and she writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has lectured and presented seminars at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, Humboldt University in Berlin and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

My Books

Daughters are Diamonds

Honour, Shame & Seclusion- A South African Perspective
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Nisa Qamar and the Master of Jinniaville (2016)

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Sophia

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