Marriage on the Street Corners of Tehran A Novel Based on the True Stories of Temporary Marriage

Auteur: Nadia Shahram
Taal: Engels
Marriage on the Street Corners of Tehran
Auteur: Nadia Shahram
Uitgever: Hci Press
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9781936268177
  • Druk: 1
  • augustus 2016
  • 319 pagina's
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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2010/03/temporary-marriage-iran-islamhttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2010/03/temporary-marriage-and-the-economy-of-pleasure.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/opinion/27kristof.htmlOffers insider access (via interviews by the author of hundreds of Iranian women) to the realities of temporary marriage--a form of religiously and culturally sanctioned prostitution--in present-day Iran (mainly Shia) justified by a misinterpretation of the Quran.Award-winning expert author on the subject of human rights/social justice/arranged mariage--originally from Iran, living and working in NY as a lawyer/activist.Introduces the average American reader in a gentle yet realistic way to old world injustices occurring in modern Iran, in the form of a novel.

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Shahram's gripping debut novel, about the Shia Muslim practice of temporary marriage (in which the duration and dowry are arranged in advance), is more powerful for being based on real-life experiences, working as an engrossing fictional story and an expose of gender discrimination in Iran. At 12 years old, Ateesh is forced into an arranged marriage with an abusive man. When a brutal beating lands her in the hospital, her mother is determined to get her daughter a divorce, in spite of Ateesh's father's opposition because the family will lose face. Ateesh's marriage at that tender age shapes the decisions she makes for the rest of her life; she is determined never again to be under the control of a man. For complicated reasons, she eventually turns to temporary marriage effectively a legalized form of prostitution as a way to earn a living and pay for college, while avoiding the possibility of real love. Although Ateesh's early experiences are disturbing, that brutality is countered by the warm, loving relationships she shares with her mother and two grandmothers. Shahram presents a positive view of Islam but criticizes the ways that men have twisted its interpretation to rationalize the abuse of women. The authentic, intimate story narrated by Ateesh pulls the reader in and encompasses not only her life but also that of other women, exposing a wide range of inequities between the genders in Iranian culture. Publisher's Weekly Shahram's gripping debut novel, about the Shia Muslim practice of temporary marriage (in which the duration and dowry are arranged in advance), is more powerful for being based on real-life experiences, working as an engrossing fictional story and an expose of gender discrimination in Iran. At 12 years old, Ateesh is forced into an arranged marriage with an abusive man. When a brutal beating lands her in the hospital, her mother is determined to get her daughter a divorce, in spite of Ateesh's father's opposition because the family will lose face. Ateesh's marriage at that tender age shapes the decisions she makes for the rest of her life; she is determined never again to be under the control of a man. For complicated reasons, she eventually turns to temporary marriage-effectively a legalized form of prostitution-as a way to earn a living and pay for college, while avoiding the possibility of real love. Although Ateesh's early experiences are disturbing, that brutality is countered by the warm, loving relationships she shares with her mother and two grandmothers. Shahram presents a positive view of Islam but criticizes the ways that men have twisted its interpretation to rationalize the abuse of women. The authentic, intimate story narrated by Ateesh pulls the reader in and encompasses not only her life but also that of other women, exposing a wide range of inequities between the genders in Iranian culture. -Publisher's Weekly

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Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Paperback
Druk
1
Verschijningsdatum
2016-06-14
Afmetingen
23,5 x 15,9 x 2,5 cm
Aantal pagina's
319 pagina's
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Met illustraties

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Auteur
Nadia Shahram
Uitgever
Hci Press

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9781936268177

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NUR code
340
Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
2016-08-23
Subtitel
A Novel Based on the True Stories of Temporary Marriage
Thema Subject Code
FBA

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