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ISBN: 161145025X

ISBN13: 9781611450255

The Stoning of Soraya M.: A Story of Injustice in Iran

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Soraya M.'s husband, Ghorban-Ali, couldn't afford to marry another woman. Rather than returning Soraya's dowry, as custom required before taking a second wife, he plotted with four friends and a counterfeit mullah to dispose of her. Together, they accused Soraya of adultery. Her only crime was cooking for a friend's widowed husband. Exhausted by a lifetime of abuse and hardship, Soraya said nothing, and the makeshift tribunal took her silence as a...

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Wonderful book

This book is one of those that can not say you enjoy reading. The subject matter is so awful that it is hard to define your feelings. I read this story and it horrified me to think that in modern times it is still happening to women. It is barbaric to treat women this way and this book makes sure that we are all aware of the practice.

The Stoning of Soraya M.

A fast read and an excellent book to gain insight into a culture that represses women still.

The Practice of Stoning

There are many Western countries today under the impression that Sharia Law, or Islamic Law, is a system of justice and impartiality. In truth, the whole concept of Sharia Law entirely benefits men; even falsely accused, women have little recourse but to submit. Under the Sharia, raped women are forced to provide witnesses to prove their innocence. This book perfectly illustrates how easily such barbaric, outdated systems of 'justice' destroy innocent lives. The accused are guilty until proven innocent. Witnesses can be purchased. A man's testimony is worth more than a woman's, so even when he lies, the burden of proof is on the victim. True justice is non-existent. The story of Soraya M. is heartbreaking. But the real tragedy is that it is repeated over and over in Islamic societies. Hopefully, this book will help expose the truth behind the oppression of women in the Middle East.

Truth that needs airing

In response to a book that documents utter barbarity occuring in Iran, Ariana chooses to spit at the West. Sorry Ariana, this is your cultural tradition, you have to account for it or change it. It is very telling that ARIANA writes from SWEDEN, a civilized country that respects human rights and women's rights in particular. Perhaps the available Islamic paradises are not to Ariana's taste. Unfortunately Sharia law, an invention of Islam is spreading in Nigeria and is very present in Sudan where stonings just like this are occurring now in March of 2002. The author was brave to document this atrocity and should be commended.

Excellant book that needs to be read by more Americans

Well written, factual and horrific account of how, in many countries today, religion has been twisted to suit the needs of certain people, namely men. Having lived in a few Muslim countries, I can factually state that this sort of event is not that uncommon. It is, however, uncommon, and most likely unknown in the Western world. The reason this book is so good is that hopefully it will bring more exposure to what is happening in these third world countries. Maybe by exposing it more and more, it will, eventually, be eradicated.
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