Book Review: Blasphemy by Tehmina Durrani. Set in South Pakistan, BLASPHEMY – the novel is inspired by a true story of a young girl trapped in the cruelest. ‘Blasphemy’ is an enticing maiden novel by Tehmina Durrani. Angry and courageous in outlook, the novel places Durrani among the foremost writers of the. Blasphemy is Tehmina Durrani’s novel about the exploitation at the hands of her husband. Many describe the novel to be about “religious” exploitation, however.

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I’d say it’s more like a long essay. The Lost Daughter of India. Though almost every page is filled with some new twisted tale, the ruthlessness and the animalistic nature of the Pirs paves the road to how powerless and dependant a community can be.

This makes for a difficult and painful read and is certainly not for the faint hearted. However, I felt that Ms Durrani went a little too far in her description and the suffering of Heer especially in the second half of the book was too much After reading the book, I have mixed feelings towards the storyline and its content.

Preview — Blasphemy by Tehmina Durrani. The falsehood of this culture has destroyed many lives. Pir Sain calls himself a man of God, but the cruelty meted out to his wife, several other women, his daughter and his son speaks otherwise.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Younus was denied a passport to leave Pakistan but under public pressure was later allowed to leave.

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Apr 06, Danyal Effendi rated it liked it. One keeps asking the same question over and over again: Every possible sick thing that a human can do to another is explored in this book.

The only purpose of the book seems to be that of feeding the Western media for purely material gains. It is based on her life.

Blasphemy by Tehmina Durrani

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. It’s almost as if I see the entrenched sense of patriarchy – so brilliantly depicted in this book in gehmina barest, most brutish form – come alive in the reviews, both by men and women. I am very familiar with “pir” culture and grew up in same region as discussed in this book and I understand that this is word of fiction tehmlna still this is way over the top.


What scarred me for life was the fact that this book is based on true story. After many years of political exposure through her ex-husband, Mustafa Khar, who was a political leader, and in her struggle against corruption, she realized that the answers she was seeking would not come through politicians. Italian mother left Pakistan after falling out with the chapter run by Musarat Misba of Depilex over financial discrepancies. She has durrwni that how people twist religious sayings for their benefit.

The funeral prayers for Younus took place at the Edhi centre in Kharadar. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: An insider look into the traditional culture of Islam in Pakistan. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews.

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Durrani resides in Lahore with her husband, who is a part of the politically prominent Sharif familyand the brother of Nawaz Sharifthe Ex- Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The story basically tells about the power of religious leaders in a society of illiterate people. Here is a beautiful woman who was forced into marrying Pir Sain when she was just fifteen. This book is too far fetched and overly exaggerated. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. He is a mean, self centered guy who can do extremly bad things in the name of religion.

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This is the first novel where Durrani bladphemy her artwork as well. One of the worst books I have read which could have been so much more if only it was dealt with more sensitively. These people more often then not misuse and misinterpret Islam for their own worldly gains and agenda. Account Options Sign in.


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I didn’t like it at all. Please try again later. Apr 03, Qurat rated it did not like it Recommends it for: In the years after leaving her second husband, Khar, one prominent event was her hunger strike in against ttehmina corruption, and the newly coined term, ‘accountability’, came into being.

Durrxni these comments did, was fuel the fire of my curiosity and I was all the more inclined to reading it. Common terms and phrases Allah Amma Sain arms asked Baba baba’s Babaji’s bangles beat became began Bhai Bibiji blessed body breath brother burqa charpai Cheel child Chitki Chote Sain clothes courtyard cried dared daughters dead death Diya door everything evil eyes face father fear feet fell felt girl grave Guppi hands happened happy haraam head hear heard heart Heer husband jagirdar jumped Kaali knew laughed lifted lived looked Ma’s Maharani maids marriage marry master Meesni mind mother mouth murder Nanni never night pain Pir Sain pir’s Piyari prayed prayer mat pulled purdah Qibla Quran Rajaji Ranjha realised robed figure Sain’s Sakhi bibi screamed shook shouted Shrine sisters someone stared stop story Tara Tehmina Durrani tell thought told Toti tried turned voice Waddi malkani wailing walked wanted whispered widow wife woman women wondered Yathimri.

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.

Retrieved 8 October Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I felt that I blaspbemy to be heard in order for him to realise when he was wrong. I really hope and pray that nobody has to go through the fate like the one ‘they’ or more specifically ‘she’ did.