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Kharnita Mohamed

Kharnita Mohamed lectures in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town and is working on a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of the Western Cape. She has an MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her research is focused on disability, race and gender towards developing a conceptual framework for decolonial feminist disability studies. She was raised on the Cape Flats and is frequently confounded by the contradictions of inhabiting postapartheid South Africa. Called to Song is her first novel. With her mother’s passing, Qabila’s world is coming undone. She dreams strange songs and makes lists to stay sane. Her marriage to Rashid is crumbling – it has been for years. A pregnancy sealed their fate, despite Rashid being in a relationship with Thandi at the time. Now Qabila wants a divorce but Rashid resists. Why? As she tries to pick up the pieces of her life and rediscover her own worth, she finds love and purpose in new places – in family, in faith and in song.


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