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Return to Book Page. Preview — Blasphemy by Tehmina Durrani. Blasphemy by Tehmina Durrani. Tehmina Durrani made her sensational literary debut in with her controversial autobiography My Feudal Lord.
Blasphemy, her next major work, promises to generate the same degree of excitement. Set in south Pakistan, the novel inspired by a true story, is a searing study of evil; an uncompromising look at the distortion of Islam by predatory religious leaders. In prose Tehmina Durrani made her sensational literary debut in with her controversial autobiography My Feudal Lord.
In prose of great power and intensity, the author tells the tragic story of the beautiful Heer, brutalized and corrupted by Pir Sain, the man of God, whom she is married to when barely fifteen. But the nightmare she is locked into is not hers alone; it affects the entire clan that owes allegiance to the pir. In the Pir's haveli, unspeakable horrors are perpetrated every day and every night, all in the name of Allah. Sucked into the fetid hell of her lord's making, Heer loses her dignity, her freedom, even her humanity, till a terrible resolution gives her back to herself.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Blasphemy. Dec 22, Neha rated it it was ok Shelves: kwench , read When I borrowed it - I felt it would be either a feminist book or one about a tortured women in an islamist state. When I started reading it turned out be the latter for sure but the extreme of torture was uncomparable to anything I had read.. How can someone be tortured so much and still survive and end up with a happy ending.. The book says it is based on a true story but it seemed so fictional so out of this world and so primitive.
There is every form of possible torture a man can do on a woman.. They were different from each other one could not survive the evil prevailing around and fell prey..
There was nothing conventional in the type of torture. Also the kind of risks the women took while living in such a dangerous family or social structure.. The protagonist herself creates a bait for her survival but that ends up as a noose for her.
She manages to live through it all for 24 years and then when she is finally loosing everything, she is just set free like a miracle.. Its not a great read. Read it to feel sad for such women or read to feel good and thanful for your own lives in an independent world where you can be what you are. View all 3 comments. May 21, Priyanshi Durbha rated it did not like it. The rating is in now way a reflection of my disbelief in Durrani's story, which could very well be a depiction of reality and the kind of oppression women face.
I just want to throw light on how raw and uncontrolled writing can make the reading distasteful and not literature. The book, right from the beginning, was unpalatable and only made the experience painful, which probably could be the aim of the author.
There is pain everywhere, but the way literature can bring it to the reader must be ta The rating is in now way a reflection of my disbelief in Durrani's story, which could very well be a depiction of reality and the kind of oppression women face. There is pain everywhere, but the way literature can bring it to the reader must be tactful, lest the purpose of writing itself will remain futile.
One of the worst books I have read which could have been so much more if only it was dealt with more sensitively. View 1 comment. Feb 25, Ayesha added it. This makes for a difficult and painful read and is certainly not for the faint hearted. Often, it leaves you reeling between horror and disbelief. One keeps asking the same question over and over again: How can such oppression and cruelty be permitted, especially in the name of religion?
What makes it even harder to believe is that this IS a true story and that this unimaginable reality is being lived by many women even today. Overall, I have to say that I have rarely read such a powerful and gr This makes for a difficult and painful read and is certainly not for the faint hearted. 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.
I must add that Durrani's courage and strength has moved me even beyond the book. To have written a story like this, so openly challenging the Peer culture and feudal system in Pakistan and to expose their corruption and ignorance takes more guts that we can ever imagine. I have only admiration that no words can express.
Thank you for such a powerful story and for being brave enough to write it. Highly recommended! Aug 18, W added it. Seldom have I read such a dark tale of raw suffering and oppression. I didn't like it at all,very disturbing. It is about the sufferings inflicted on a woman in rural Pakistan by a so called religious leader. It was a very difficult book to read,it made me very uncomfortable. If it was indeed based on a true story,it's very sad.
May 19, Ashkin Ayub rated it liked it. If you feel your organized religion in its purest form needs to evolve and change, why follow it at all in the first place? If you have the gumption to decide right from wrong yourself and the the Holy Book sent from your God seems outdated or irrelevant to you Maybe it isn't the word of God after all. Saying you're a Muslim, but don't believe in everything that the Quran says is so ridiculous. I need to stop watching Nat Geo documentaries and get back to the book.
I don't know much If you feel your organized religion in its purest form needs to evolve and change, why follow it at all in the first place? I don't know much about Tehmina Durrani. According to google, she is quite a character herself though I am not going to judge her. I don't have any any rights to judge her. All I can do is, review her book. The theme of the novel is tragic and controversial. The story depicts the piri faqiri system in the Pakistani society.
Unlike many readers, I don't feel the story was totally fabricated but there sure was everything going wrong for the characters, who were weaker and helpless - which makes it a gloomy read. But most importantly, to end the book in such a whimsical way, is totally unflattering and irritating.
Makes you cringe every single page Only 2 stars- for the concept. However I will add one more just for the brave effort of the author to speak about the sufi culture in Pakistan and give voice to the injustice of women.
Aug 09, Zarish Fatima rated it liked it Shelves: hard-copies-i-own , recommendations. Its not sort of book want to rate as good. This book will leave a taste of blood in your mouth.
Book Review: ‘Blasphemy: A Novel’ By Tehmina Durrani
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Tehmina Durrani’s Blasphemy is about women’s plight in Pakistan
Based on a true story, the novel Blasphemy is by the Pakistani feminist author, Tehrima Durrani. It is a tragic and an extremely shocking story which unveils how religion is used as a tool to get power by some. The book is set in South Pakistan. It depicts patriarchy and male domination at its peak, the condition of women and underprivileged people at their lowest ,and religious fundamentalism at its extreme. It brings forth the easy distortion done to Islam by the hypocritical and predatory so-called religious leaders.
Her first book, "My Feudal Lord" , shocked the conservative Pakistani society because of the sensational exposure of her politically famous but abusive husband, Mustafa Khar. Her three-year tenure of service alongside Abdul Satar Edhi was transformational and life changing. It also resulted in her authoring his narrated autobiography, "A Mirror to the Blind" The influence of Edhi spurred her into social work and inspired her to establish the 'Tehmina Durrani Foundation', with a mission to further Edhi's way of "humanitarianism", and his vision of Pakistan as a Social Welfare State.