Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Why and the Who...

Daughters are Diamonds is a treatise on the objectification of women in honour-bound sectors of society.

As a study, it sets out to define these questions:

How are the opportunities, challenges and obstacles facing South African Indian Muslim women within the family, perceived and experienced by the individual?

To what extent, if at all, does traditionalist culture create/influence a gap between opportunity and achievement for South African Indian Muslim women?

The statement that “women are diamonds” is often used by Indian Muslim traditionalists to justify the abject seclusion of women. In this view, that which is valuable should be hidden in safekeeping. The metaphor of the diamond is used to illustrate the objectification of daughters borne of honour-bound societies, and the limits put to the administration of their lives, in keeping with the code of honour. This study is a comment on the notion that, in keeping with this honour code, there is a fine line between maintaining the dignity of a people and infringing on the rights of the individual. It also asks whether women are able to carve out a space for themselves within which a fully reflexive life may be lived in spite of the restrictions placed on them.


Anonymous said...

hey and hello

just dropping by to ask how its going with the book...

heres a thought for you:
in writing that preface, perhaps you want to demystify some of the stuff you deal with later/ topics can be broken up into bit size pieces to tantalize the taste-buds of your readership :-))

have fun! i know that i certainly did! R

kimya said...

oi.. look wat the cat dragged in!

lol/ book thing going good,, its the cover thats makin me tear my hair out! but i got this plan, see.. so we just wait to get a glimpse of how things might pan out in the next coupla hours..

thnks u!

Dew said...

Oh! thats what its about, sorry about the earlier question then!

Very interesting.

kimya said...


thnx dew

bibi-aisha said...

Shaf,u must let me kno wen the launch is,as i want to cover it for the art n culture sectn of

Anonymous said...

thnx for the invitation bibi-aisha!

i would love for the book to feature in ur reviews!

mail me ur details at