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Fatwa: Living with a death threat

Fatwa: Living with a death threat [Kindle Edition]

Jacky Trevane
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The amazing story of a woman who risked her life to get herself and her two little girls out of Cairo and away from an abusive husband. Now living in the shadow of a Fatwa, a Muslim death threat, this memoir will ensure that her story is never forgotten...

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Jacky was twenty-three when she arrived in Egypt for a holiday with her boyfriend, Dave. Little did she know that an innocent holiday would result in a horror beyond her imagination. Separated from Dave in a bustling street, Jacky fell and twisted her ankle, only to be swept up by a handsome, chivalrous Egyptian called Omar. It was love at first sight. Jacky spent those ten days living with the family - sharing a bed with Omar's sister - irresistibly attracted to Omar. Swept away by her infatuation she married him and converted to Islam before returning to England to her parents.

Returning to Cairo against her parents' advice but full of hopes and plans, Jacky's dream turned into a nightmare. As a blue-eyed blonde she was never going to fit in with life in a poor suburb where the women walked at all times with their heads bowed. During the next eight years she suffered non-stop physical and emotional abuse. She had to escape with her two little girls but how? This tense story never quite ends. Even now, Jacky is living in the shadow of a death threat. A fatwa is issued legitimately under Islamic law to a Muslim woman who leaves her husband. Jacky to protect herself and her daughters minute by minute, day by day, never quite sure what may be around the corner...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (12 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really brilliant 6 Sep 2004
I couldn't put this book down, what a life Jacky lead out there in Egypt, I thought how strong she must have been to keep going for as long as she did. I was really glad that she managed to escape with both her daughter's, my heart really went out to her. This is a must read for those who enjoy the 'none fictions'. I'm really interested in the Middle East too and have travelled to Iran, but you don't always realise what happens to some of these poor women, at least being English she had a brilliant country to come home too. Well done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatwa - living with a death threat 22 Aug 2007
I agree with the other readers, this was a very compelling read. I read this in 2 days and could not put it down. The book starts at the end and then goes back to the beginning to explain how she got herself into that situation, you are left hanging through the whole book to find out 'did she make it out with the children?'.Knowing this was a true story makes it all so much worse as you couldn't belive that someone would have to suffer like this. I have read a lot of books based on the subject (Sold, Mosiac, out of Iran) of mixed marriages/women forced into marriage etc. This was an outstandingly written account of someones worst nightmare, I cried reading the account of what poor Jacky went through. I am so sorry that Jacky had to experience this. Thank you for sharing this with us Jacky. To my Husband - I love you very much x
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life Behind The Veil 25 Sep 2010
This book is part of what has become a whole genre of "real life" literature dealing with the dangers and problems facing "Western" (i.e. white northern European/North American) women who marry Muslim husbands and go to live in the Arab, Iranian etc countries.

I read the book out of curiosity, having visited Egypt in the past, on two visits. The first time I was there (1994) I was on a four-day break in Luxor, at the Hilton, but the second time (1997-98) I was on a fairly strict budget (by Western standards) and lived for three months in the country: in Aswan, in a tent on the Red Sea, in a rented flat in Alexandria (one month) and (for another month) in the quite remote desert oasis of Siwa.

During my second trip I heard a lot of stories about Western women (mainly British) who married Egyptians. The affair often began during felucca trips down the Nile or the like, under the desert stars etc...The marriage was usually followed by a trip to the UK by the woman, to sell her house (often all she had left after UK divorce...). Then return to Egypt and purchase of a flat in her new husband's name. Then another trip to UK to tie up loose ends. The shock usually came when the British woman returned to her new Egyptian flat, only to be confronted by the woman she thought was her sister-in-law and who in reality was the real/first wife of the Egyptian husband...Result? Usually return of British woman to UK, sadder, wiser and penniless. A kind of legalized fraud.

I met two British women myself who had married Egyptians, but who had different and differing experiences. One was a woman of maybe 45-50, who was married to a much younger man, a Copt (Christian).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read....but not great! 27 Dec 2009
By WindsorMummy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I recently devoured Betty Mahmoody's "Not Without My Daughter" and have been on the hunt for similar books. From the blurb, "Fatwa" seemed ideal. It was an easy read (finished in a day), but it didn't captivate me the way I had hoped. I didn't like the way the narrative would switch from an actual account of what had happened to Jacky's thoughts. To be honest it just seemed like an extra long true story article taken from a woman's weekly! It seemed a lot of detail was given to certain things, building the story up...but then when you thought you were getting to the meaty bit of the plans to escape etc, it just seemed rather glossed over.
I certainly feel for Jacky and her awful experience at the hands of her husband, and admire her courage for putting her life at risk to save her daughters. I can't put my finger on what exactly it was but something just didn't sit right with me. A pleasant enough book to read (not taking into account the subject matter of course!) but not one I'd recommend to a friend. Sorry!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 13 Feb 2011
By Sparkle
I brought this book along with `Invisible Women: True Stories of Courage and Survival' when I was at work (about 2 years ago, the book came as a package). I just did not have time to read it and more importantly I am not a big reader! However I found some time and was more interested to read the 2nd book by Jacky Trevane as it had short stories so I thought they would be a quick read and I can put it down after each short story. I finished it in 2 nights! This book was amazing!

After reading this and knowing briefly about what Jacky went through in Egypt (her second book includes a brief story about herself), I was not sure whether I wanted to read this book thinking I already know the story! To my surprise I began reading this book yesterday. I started at 12 midnight and could not put it down. As I did not have work the next morning I read it until 7am in the morning. That should say it all. It was a great read. Initially I did not sympathise with Jacky thinking how stupid of her to marry this Egyptian man within 10 days! Honestly its not like she was 16! She was 23! She should have known better. However as I kept reading the book I felt for her and it actually disturbed me. As I read the book I actually felt my heart racing feeling the love, passion and most of all the fear Jacky felt. To know that this is also a true story, I did feel a little disturbed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book, what a story!!!
A fabulous read. Just buy it!
Published 24 days ago by M. S. Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Once start reading. Cannot put down. Very emotional book. Cannot believe what these woman have to put up with.
Published 1 month ago by judith
5.0 out of 5 stars what strength this woman has ,amazing read.
Leaves you thinking on how free we are and that we should always remember that. She not only gave up her life for someone she loved she also gave up her freedom.
Published 2 months ago by jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatwa.
Utterly shocking and compelling to watch. A true revelation and brilliant piece of work. Thoroughly recommend this to watch. I love it.
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Published 3 months ago by carolcurtis
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener!!
I finished this book in less than 2 days. A real eye opener!! This book had me hooked from the first chapter! A must read!
Published 3 months ago by Jade-Louise Root
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
My heart goes out to Jacky,what a courageous woman couldn't put this book down, brilliant read read in 2 days hope her and her daughter's live a happy life
Published 4 months ago by samantha vann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
As in the book, anyone going to marry a muslim needs to read this book. Another book to read is Not without my daughter, its fantastic.
Published 6 months ago by Barbara Manzanares
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
Amazing read, could nt put this book down and read in one weekend. Am shocked that this is a true story, makes u be thankful of our English life style. Read more
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I had read this book and wanted a copy to send to a friend so that she could read it. Was delighted to find it on Amazon and even though it was a used item it was in very good... Read more
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