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Fatwa: Living with a death threat Paperback – 22 Jan 2004

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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (22 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340862424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340862421
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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If you enjoyed the book and it struck a chord with you, then I have a website which is specifically aimed at moslem girls with worries problems or indeed anyone wanting to take a holiday romance further. You can register your opinion on the book for everyone to read, or you can email me with a private message. I am here to listen and give out objective advice if needed. The web address is: fatwajtrevane.com Please visit.

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By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
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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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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23 year-old Jacky Trevane goes on holiday to Egypt with long-time boyfriend Dave. However, shortly after leaving Cairo airport, the two become separated and Jacky badly sprains her ankle. She is taken in and cared for by an Egyptian family. She is immediately attracted to one of the sons of the family, the handsome Omar. A week later she becomes Omar's wife.
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.
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I read this book in two days. I couldn't put it down. Although sad and often upsetting as you read your way through the beatings this poor lady endured, it also gave a very detailed way of life in Egypt for many women, especially those less fortunate in wealth. Traditions are interesting to read and learn about and to see the difference living in a westernised life.
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Fatwa is such a good book, I was advised to read it and I reluctantly bought it, so glad I did!!!!!! I could not put it down it was so moving and gripping you felt as if you really were there with her, every step of the way. I best not say too much, but I promise you its a fantastic true story
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Being a victim of a Egyptian male myself I could not put the book down true realistic and what a gripping read I was awake reading until 4.30am I can not tell how much this book should be sold to all U.K. women travelling to Egypt. AAAAAAAA+++++++++++
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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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