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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Tehmina Durrani s first book, My Feudal Lord, caused edition by Tehmina Durrani. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Advanced Search · Kindle Store; ›; Kindle eBooks; ›; Literature & Fiction .. Books With Free Delivery Worldwide · Box. Author of My Feudal Lord, Blasphemy, Mon seigneur et maître, Derebeyi efendim , Kufra, Mein Herr und Gebieter. Ich war die Begum des. Tehmina Durrani made her sensational literary debut in with her controversial autobiography Log in to get better recommendations with a free account.
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View 1 comment. Feb 25, Ayesha added it. This makes for a difficult and painful read and is certainly not for the faint hearted. Often, it leaves you reeling between horror and disbelief. One keeps asking the same question over and over again: How can such oppression and cruelty be permitted, especially in the name of religion? What makes it even harder to believe is that this IS a true story and that this unimaginable reality is being lived by many women even today.
Overall, I have to say that I have rarely read such a powerful and gr This makes for a difficult and painful read and is certainly not for the faint hearted. Overall, I have to say that I have rarely read such a powerful and gripping book, which left me close to tears and feeling deeply saddened and helpless.
I must add that Durrani's courage and strength has moved me even beyond the book. To have written a story like this, so openly challenging the Peer culture and feudal system in Pakistan and to expose their corruption and ignorance takes more guts that we can ever imagine. I have only admiration that no words can express. Thank you for such a powerful story and for being brave enough to write it.
Highly recommended! Jan 17, Nu-Jahat-Jabin rated it really liked it. May 19, Ashkin Ayub rated it liked it. If you feel your organized religion in its purest form needs to evolve and change, why follow it at all in the first place?
If you have the gumption to decide right from wrong yourself and the the Holy Book sent from your God seems outdated or irrelevant to you Maybe it isn't the word of God after all. Saying you're a Muslim, but don't believe in everything that the Quran says is so ridiculous. I need to stop watching Nat Geo documentaries and get back to the book.
I don't know much If you feel your organized religion in its purest form needs to evolve and change, why follow it at all in the first place? I don't know much about Tehmina Durrani. According to google, she is quite a character herself though I am not going to judge her. I don't have any any rights to judge her. All I can do is, review her book.
The theme of the novel is tragic and controversial. The story depicts the piri faqiri system in the Pakistani society. Unlike many readers, I don't feel the story was totally fabricated but there sure was everything going wrong for the characters, who were weaker and helpless - which makes it a gloomy read.
But most importantly, to end the book in such a whimsical way, is totally unflattering and irritating. Makes you cringe every single page Only 2 stars- for the concept. However I will add one more just for the brave effort of the author to speak about the sufi culture in Pakistan and give voice to the injustice of women. Aug 09, Zarish Fatima rated it liked it Shelves: Its not sort of book want to rate as good. This book will leave a taste of blood in your mouth.
It will nauseate you, and really make you sick to stomach. Every possible sick thing that a human can do to another is explored in this book. It says it based on true stories, if that's true that leaves me ever more speechless and my insides twisting with disgust.
I will give the writer this much credit she might not be the best writer i have read but she gets are message across quiet loud and clear. Also the use of word Blasphemy in this book is aligns quiet well with how we use it in our culture contrary what it actually means and stands for in our religion.
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Sep 29, Hira rated it liked it. Blasphemy is Tehmina Durrani's novel about the exploitation at the hands of her husband.
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Many describe the novel to be about "religious" exploitation, however, it is evident in the story that religious plays no part in the sins of a man, its the exploitation of a religion that allows a mere man to act like God, in the case of this woman. A lot of Muslims may take offense to this book, however, I do not think that Durrani was speaking against Islam, as a matter of fact, I think this story condemn Blasphemy is Tehmina Durrani's novel about the exploitation at the hands of her husband.
A lot of Muslims may take offense to this book, however, I do not think that Durrani was speaking against Islam, as a matter of fact, I think this story condemns people in power such as politicians and clergy-men, or worse To make it clear, such exploitations take place in ALL cultures, and all religions - not just in Islam.
This is a heartbreaking read, however, quite crude and visual at times. You may feel the plight of the protagonist, but, if you're at all educated - you'll balk at the extreme nepotism and dictatorship of 'Peer Sain', and the ignorant and helplessness of the protagonist.
Jul 30, Ayesha U rated it liked it. The story depicts the piri faqiri system devotion to so called spiritual men in the Pakistani society. Since I read the novel way back in so I don't remember much of the author's style of writing. At that time, as I was beginning to discover Pakistani a The theme of the novel is tragic and controversial. At that time, as I was beginning to discover Pakistani authors and their work of fiction in English so I paid very little attention to the author's way of storytelling.
Only thing that stays with me even today is that one would never wish to be trapped in an environment like the female protagonist was. Jun 24, Maham Siddiqui rated it really liked it. I really hope and pray that nobody has to go through the fate like the one 'they' or more specifically 'she' did.
Apr 06, Danyal Effendi rated it liked it. Durrani depicted a very important issue of the rural Islamic culture, prevailing still today, especially in the sub-continent. It is about how the religion is exploited by the so called Pirs, who in their personal lives are away from the Islamic principles. She claimed that it is a true story in the face of a novel, which a reader will agree to a great extent.
The writing style is s Durrani depicted a very important issue of the rural Islamic culture, prevailing still today, especially in the sub-continent. The writing style is strong with very selective use of words and efficient language skills.
This is a dark and harsh read with extreme brutality and violence. I would not suggest if you are weak-hearted or living a happy care-free life. Apr 10, Chandni rated it really liked it.
This book left me feeling all cold inside. Next reaction was to feel blessed. Nov 12, Tulip rated it did not like it. This book is graphic and disturbing, I could not finish it.
Tehmina Durrani (Author of My Feudal Lord)
What was the main character thinking when she used the orphan girl as a shield to protect herself and her daughter from her oppressive husband?! She had the upper-hand to protect her as the adult and being apart of the ruling class. The authority give to this family obliges them to listen and attend to the needs of the people; not force their will on them.
Both the protagonist and antagonist are faithless characters, they deserve each ot This book is graphic and disturbing, I could not finish it. Both the protagonist and antagonist are faithless characters, they deserve each other. Every person has the ability to decide between right and wrong in every situation, so what was stopping Heer from speaking out against the ills of her husband?
Faith is not found in the clothing you wear or by how many people revere you as a religious person. God is found in the heart and the actions we perform mirror the condition of the heart. Not discussing and spreading awareness of the stark reality women and the weak undergo will only allow the disease of ignorance to continue to spread - and slavery within communities like these.
Aug 18, Wsm rated it did not like it. Blasphemy,her maiden fictional venture is a dark tale of raw suffering and oppression. I didn't like it at all. Nov 02, Hina Tabassum rated it it was ok. All these comments did, was fuel the fire of my curiosity and I was all the more inclined to reading it.
After getting my hands on a copy, as soon as I could, I started reading it. In a nutshell, it is, indeed, a disturbing tale. The first night I sat reading it, I had a hard https: The first night I sat reading it, I had a hard time sleeping. The thoughts going round and round in my head, making me ponder about the lack of humanity in the human race.
Blasphemy is the tale of Heer. What befell her and what she did.
While I could sympathise with the girl who was forced into a marriage, I could not sympathise with the woman who forced a child into the wolf's path. While I could feel protective and be angry on behalf of the woman whose husband raped her and forced other men on, I cant bring myself to feel anything for the woman who found pleasure in the same bed and then kept saying her husband forced it on her. Once she decided to have the pleasure for herself, it ceased to be rape, she did it of her will!
Never personally being in the situation as Heer, I would not claim to say what should or what should not have been done or felt.
But, as this book propagates the misfortune of the Muslim women, I must say, the issue here is not Islam. The issue is illiteracy.
If people knew enough to understand their scripture, their holy book, there would have been no platform for the pirs or such to build a presence for themselves.
The same stands true for other religions. For religion is one weapon that such people bring to their disposal to cripple the masses who don't understand what their religion is all about. A one time read for me because who can digest this again? Leaving the story for a bit, the writing style is not engaging. At all. Emotions are what would keep people glued to the pages instead.
May 22, Shivam Khandelwal rated it really liked it. Begins with protagonist's young and beautiful Heer mother, out of utter ignorance and fear of Allah read Pir Sain , marrying and pushing her off into the beast Pir Sain's hell. What follows is her ordeal for years. In the Pir's haveli, unspeakable horrors are perpetrated every day and every night on her body, mind, dignity, all in the name of Allah.
What to say of Pir- a son's murderer, a daughter's molester, a parasite nibbling on the Holy Book. The author speaks of religious bigots not letting Begins with protagonist's young and beautiful Heer mother, out of utter ignorance and fear of Allah read Pir Sain , marrying and pushing her off into the beast Pir Sain's hell.
The author speaks of religious bigots not letting people realize their freedom of conscience, instilling in them the fear of Allah through propagandist means- distorting the message of Islam. All just to hold firm, their fiefdom, fear and to exercise power through violence to subjugate, humiliate and feed upon the weak. What shakes me even more is the cruelty meted out by Heer's son, who, even upon knowing all her sufferings, refuses to let go of his wild greed for power which came to him after Pir's demise and further traumatizes her his way.
Dec 04, Jigmet katpa rated it it was amazing. I would say one of the best books on blasphemy. Mar 18, Arvind rated it it was amazing. I might never be able to re-read this book but Heer has been latched on to me forever like a ghost and I might never be able to budge away from her grave.
Maybe because I want to carry her off onto my shoulders or maybe I want stand infront of her grave forever. Apr 03, Qurat rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I think that this book could have been much much more better than the way tehmina durrani wrote.
An insider look into the traditional culture of Islam in Pakistan. I'd say it's more like a long essay. Durrani didn't pin point any exact location of her story, although it is most probably took place in one of Lahore's thousands of Islamic boarding school or similar religious school.
I haven't read many Pakistani writer, especial women ones. Quotes by Tehmina Durrani. It was clear that nobody else would. Huquq-ul-Ibaad, or humanitarianism. That it is not proclaimed as obligatory has deeper meaning; as right or wrong are left to human initiatives, its importance would be lost if forced.
A Mirror To The Blind. A parasite nibbling on the Holy Book, he was Lucifer, holding me by the throat and driving me to sin every night. He was the rapist of orphans and the fiend that fed on the weak. But over and above all this, he was known to be the man closest to Allah, the one who could reach Him and save us. Topics Mentioning This Author.
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