Aneesah Hoosain

Fellow: Department of Anthropology, Honours

My name is Aneesah Hoosain and I am currently an Honours student in the Anthropology department at the University of the Western Cape.

My honours research is looking at how people define personhood and aim to achieve it. I aim to do this by looking at how young Muslim women from working class backgrounds use marriage as a vehicle for achieving personhood and recognition as fully fledged adults in their communities. By questioning motivations and women’s narratives, this research attempts to explore which kind of personhood and womanhood is achieved through the institution of marriage. This takes into account how personhood is defined in both a South African context as well as within the global Muslim identity.

The CHR in the time of a global pandemic

In line with protocols introduced by government towards the prevention and containment of the COVID-19 virus, the CHR suspended its public events, seminars, and general fellowship program until further notice.  We wish CHR fellows, students, artists, colleagues and friends, as well as our partners and funders in South Africa and across the world much strength and compassion in these difficult times.


Contact form

COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal