Shafinaaz Hassim

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Gender Female
Industry Arts
Occupation Writer, Artist, Lecturer, Poet
Location Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Introduction Shafinaaz is a sociologist, artist and poet based in Johannesburg, SA. She is the author of several works of non-fiction and fiction, and has been listed in HayFestival's Africa39 category of top 39 authors in Africa under the age of 40 at the London Book Fair 2014. Also see
Interests I am an avid reader, and have a special penchant for things creative: writing, breathing, living, smiling. I love to travel, often capture my experiences on camera only to rework some of it onto a fresh canvas; I am inspired by the poetry of rumi, and am unconvinced that trees arent just hands raised to the heavens in prayer! Oh and I love sunshine! and when im not driving I truly cherish the blessings of pitter patter rain :)
Favorite Music Various
Favorite Books Life of Pi, Eleven Minutes, My Feudal Lord, Daughter of Isis, Quran and Woman; Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved, The Five People you meet in Heaven, Shantaram, The Alchemist, Your Erroneous Zones, The Power of the Subconscious Mind, The Devil & Miss Prym, Mister God this is Anna, The Zahir, The Road Less Travelled, 1984, The Lotus People, No God but God, Good Muslim Bad Muslim, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Sheherezade goes West, The Great Theft, The Book of Strangers, The Mathnawi, Brenda has a dragon in her blood, Sweetness in the belly, Maximum City, Hidden Music, Silent Minaret, A Beautiful Mind, Rumi's Daughter, The witch of portobello, Laila Majnun, Lotus People, Reluctant Fundamentalist, Love in a time of Treason, The World that was ours, White Oleander

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