The Imam's Daughter Paperback – 29 Apr 2010
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"Brilliant and compelling...raises issues which are worthy of serious consideration and discussion" (Baroness Cox)
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Its not for me to judge but you mention the hipocrisy of our society who turns a blind eye to these things in case we upset our Muslim brothers. Yet am I not right in thinking that your Father remains unpunished for what he did because you dont want to upset the honour of your family? - Are you not falling into the same trap? Should not society be protected from a man like that whether he is a Christian a Muslim or an Athiest, whatever the risks to his family's honour?
Hannah's real gift though is the authenticity with which she uses her experience to help the reader understand just how great are the disconnections between different communities in our 'green and pleasant land', and how the most well-meaning interventions from the state can - through ignorance and political correctness - achieve the exact opposite of what was intended. It's a powerful challenge to the 21st Century relativist philosophy prevalent in the West: there are consequences of the beliefs and cultures by which people choose to live, and the more we understand these, the better able we will be respond appropriately, to live in community, and to support those who are vulnerable.
Hannah is a courageous young woman, who - without denigrating Islam overall (she is clear that she knows that all women's experience of Islam is not the same as hers, and notes that the abuse in her family was not necessarily related to their faith per se) - offers and eloquent wake-up call to the rest of us.
Thus the first 16 years of Hannah's life were tainted by darkness, terror, abuse and brutal repression, her only escape was through acts of rebellion against the strict rules set down by her father, which bought with them the risk of beatings and worse on the if Hannah's father found her out.
Her eventual escape from this life came about purely by chance, and the deperate please for assistance from the few trusted college tutors that Hannah had befriended.
Contrary to what some reviewers have claimed, the author is not Anti-Muslim, or the wider Pakistani communnity in general. On the contrary, she states that those families who came from urban regions tended to be more enlightened and liberal in thier values and lifestyle then her own family. Her criticism is reserved mainly for the practice of forced marriage, and the narrow insular worldview of some within the community that she grew up in, which excludes and vilifies all other cultural influences.Read more ›
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I read this book in less than 24 hours. The heart rending story of Hannah, a girl born into a Pakistani Muslim family where her father was the local Imam. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sw99
A fantastically written insight into a topic many people including myself know little or nothing about,
The bravery of the author is inspiring and I wish her all the best for... Read more
Well done Hannah for telling your story, it must have taken so much courage and you have shown others that there are people who are willing to help.Published 7 months ago by christmasCarole
Inspiring, I couldn't put this book down. The triumph of the human spirit reigns supreme over horrific abuse, absolute ignorance and terrible cruelty. What a brave child and woman. Read morePublished 8 months ago by bernadette bolger