shafinaaz-hassimShafinaaz Hassim is a South African author, poet and sociologist. She 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. She lectured undergrad and postgrad courses in post-structuralist feminism at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban during 2008.


Hassim’s first book Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion- A South African Perspective was launched at the Cape Town Book Fair in 2007, and her second book titled Memoirs For Kimya was launched on Women’s Day at Museum Africa during the Jozi Book Fair in 2009.

Based on her research, Hassim has presented seminars at Humboldt University in Berlin and lectured at the Department of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand. She is the editor of Belly of Fire: an anthology (2011) and in November 2012, recently published a novel on domestic violence titled, SoPhia. Her work focuses on political and gender bio-narratives.


Hassim is currently engaged in the research and write-up of the biography of Maulvi Cachalia, an ANC activist who spent three decades in exile. She is also the driving force behind small Johannesburg-based publisher WordFire Press and sits on the board of trustees of Wiphold Trust.


SoPhia, WordFlute, 2012

Memoirs For Kimya, WordFire Press, 2009

Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion - A South African Perspective, Reach Publishers, 2007