Fatwa: Living with a death threat Paperback – 22 Jan 2004
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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 soon discovers that life as the wife of an Egyptian Muslim is fraught with challenges and trials she never bargained for. She finds herself living in extreme poverty, trapped in a culture where women have few rights and with a husband who is only too ready to use his fists and feet against her.
I found the book riveting if not entirely comfortable, reading. At times I found myself almost dreading to read any further, fearful of what new horrors lay in wait for Jacky. However, it was so compulsive that I ploughed on, despite the increasingly dark tone of the narrative.
One big problem for me and the reason I didn't give it more stars, was that I couldn't help being sceptical about the alleged truth of the story. As the book progressed, Jacky was revealed to be intelligent, tough and resourceful. I found it difficult to believe that she would have been foolish enough to marry a foreigner, a virtual stranger, after only a few days acquaintance. Having lived briefly with the family, Jacky was aware that the standard of living was well below her own and had moreover, witnessed at first hand domestic violence between Omars' parents. Yet she chose to ignore the evidence that was all around her and rush recklessly into marriage. Her behaviour in the early part of the book was out of character. It did not sync with the person she was later revealed to be and just didn't ring true.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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Stays with you a long time. Thought provoking and insightful. Bought since for friends after losing my copy.Published 27 days ago by Anne chumley
Loved this book. Couldn't put it down and read it in 3 days. So glad you and your daughters escaped. Thank you for sharing your story.Published 2 months ago by annette ryan
Fantastic book. Could not put it down. Read it a good few years back but wanted to read it again.Published 8 months ago by stacey
Fantastic hookah! A must read. Arrived in good time and I would definitely recommendPublished 8 months ago by MISS DEE BIRM