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Set in south Pakistan, the novel inspired by a true story, is a searing study of evil; .. Blasphemy is Tehmina Durrani's novel about the exploitation at the hands of. Blasphemy: A Novel [Tehmina Durrani, Tehmina Durrani] on nissart.info * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Here is a beautiful woman who was forced into. Tehmina Durrani is a Pakistani author, artist, and activist on women's and children's rights. Her first book, "My Feudal Lord".


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Blasphemy: A Novel by Tehmina Durrani. Read online. 'Blasphemy' is an enticing maiden novel by Tehmina Durrani. Angry and courageous in outlook, the novel places Durrani among the foremost writers of the. 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.

In these circumstances, polygamy was encouraged as an act of charity. Needless to say, the widows are not necessarily young women, but usually mothers of many children, who came as part of the deal. Polygamy is no longer common, for various good reasons.

Pir married her because he was fascinated by her beauty but never loved her. He made her his slave and forced her do those deeds which she never dreamt of.

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She followed her like a mute spectator but he never respected her individuality and never loved her. Throughout her life she has been humiliated, rejected by her husband.

He forced her to be involved in many of misdeeds including the rapes of orphans. Love's absence ailed me. I could not imagine loving my husband. Nor had he ever thought of me as a human being, let alone a woman.

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For no reason had he ever softened towards me, I had stirred him that little. He enjoyed a high status in the society being the centre of respect and attention and never suffered on any ground.

As Heer comments: As Yazid, the tyrant of Karbala, never suffered even from a headache, people believed that he was blessed by Allah. But that was a misinterpretation. In reality, Allah had abandoned him completely. He wanted nothing to do with him. The Holy Quran states that: Moreover, if a husband wishes to take a second wife, he should not do so if the marriage will be to the detriment of the first.

Living with Peer, she loses her dignity, her freedom, even her humanity till she comes to a resolution to expose the evil-man to the world. And she does this though she herself is ruined in this process.

She being a weak, fragile woman challenges the supremacy of Pir. As the lines from the novel indicates: Pir Sain was a symbol of munafiqat. I was a soldier. This was a jehad. Living in purdah she made up her mind to fight against the age-old conventions and norms prevalent in the society in the name of religion.

As she herself says: From behind it no call for help could be heard.

An abandoned species was trapped in a forbidden world. Everything corrupt happened under the shroud, when it was off a faceless and nameless woman appeared.

People have different opinions, views and logic regarding it. So, in a way all the rules and regulations regarding veiling of the women, polygamy or any such were because of the need of the time, which has no relevance in the present time. Women of that age were weak, fragile creature so they needed protection but now women are capable enough to defend themselves. Blasphemy is a realist novel set up in Pakistan reflecting the struggle of protagonist in the hands of his husband, who is a hypocrite.

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Although Heer is the most important female character in the novel but there some other minor female characters which are of great importance.

Cheel is one such character in the novel which plays a pivotal role in motivating Heer in her attempt to fight with Pir.

In the beginning Heer thought her to be an arrogant and vindictive person but later on it was she who was a great support of Heer in her struggle for justice as she herself was a victim of Pir Sain.

She has depicted protagonist Heer as a victim of socio-religious customs and traditions based on the patriarchal constructs existing in the Indian sub-continent including India and Pakistan. A wife who has no individuality as she has turned into a mute spectator to all the sufferings inflicted upon her by her male counterpart.

Her courage is being robbed due to respective belief imposed upon her by the society and she is unable to fight against injustice and bring positive change in her life. But later on we see that she dares to fight against all odds and adverse situations. Through Heer, Durrani has provided an insight into the life of a woman bound in a traditionally orchestrated institutional discourses and practices that maintain the regulation of wife.

Not only this but in Heer she has also depicted the desire of a woman who wants to break free from the conservative, rigid social and religious rules and conventions of the society which subjugates her. She has raised a voice of a house-wife who has strived to free herself from the age old norms and conventions. In her search for someone who was in touch with the problems of the common man, and who had found a solution, she found Pakistan's most celebrated humanitarian, Abdul Sattar Edhi.

She became his apprentice, and also got his permission to author his autobiography. These years shadowing Edhi sahab were a thesis for the dissertation of the book.

These years were perhaps her most transformational as they laid the seeds for her further work as well as her spiritual quest for truth. They were married in a private ceremony in Dubai , United Arab Emirates. Durrani resides in Lahore with her husband, who is a part of the politically prominent Sharif family , and the brother of Nawaz Sharif , the Ex- Prime Minister of Pakistan. Durrani denied she signed a contract vesting complete foreign rights with Mohsin rather than with herself and her estate.

On 19 May , Durrani accused Sethi of stealing her book profits. She said, "[his actions were] an even bigger case of hypocrisy than my experience with the feudal system. Durrani sued Sethi for mental torture, and he countersued for defamation. A review of the book contracts by the English newspaper The Independent described Sethi as acting in good faith and described him and Mohsin as "the injured party".

Younus had been attacked with acid, allegedly by her husband. Durrani's arrangements to take Younus abroad captured media attention. Younus was denied a passport to leave Pakistan but under public pressure was later allowed to leave. Italian mother left Pakistan after falling out with the chapter run by Musarat Misba of Depilex over financial discrepancies.

Durrani received Younus' body draped in an Italian and a Pakistan flag. The funeral prayers for Younus took place at the Edhi centre in Kharadar. His duty was to serve the humanity without distinction of caste and creed — and so is ours. So, in a way all the rules and regulations regarding veiling of the women, polygamy or any such were because of the need of the time, which has no relevance in the present time.

Women of that age were weak, fragile creature so they needed protection but now women are capable enough to defend themselves. Blasphemy is a realist novel set up in Pakistan reflecting the struggle of protagonist in the hands of his husband, who is a hypocrite.

Although Heer is the most important female character in the novel but there some other minor female characters which are of great importance.

Cheel is one such character in the novel which plays a pivotal role in motivating Heer in her attempt to fight with Pir. In the beginning Heer thought her to be an arrogant and vindictive person but later on it was she who was a great support of Heer in her struggle for justice as she herself was a victim of Pir Sain. She has depicted protagonist Heer as a victim of socio-religious customs and traditions based on the patriarchal constructs existing in the Indian sub-continent including India and Pakistan.

A wife who has no individuality as she has turned into a mute spectator to all the sufferings inflicted upon her by her male counterpart. Her courage is being robbed due to respective belief imposed upon her by the society and she is unable to fight against injustice and bring positive change in her life.

But later on we see that she dares to fight against all odds and adverse situations. Through Heer, Durrani has provided an insight into the life of a woman bound in a traditionally orchestrated institutional discourses and practices that maintain the regulation of wife. Not only this but in Heer she has also depicted the desire of a woman who wants to break free from the conservative, rigid social and religious rules and conventions of the society which subjugates her.

She has raised a voice of a house-wife who has strived to free herself from the age old norms and conventions. A society which completely believes in the commodification of women at all levels.

She dares to challenges the objectification and domestic violence inflicted on women and how they can resist patriarchal power and improve their position within the institutions of oppression.

For this they have adopt strategies to counter patriarchal values and contradict the marital assumptions responsible for their affliction. Any woman belonging to any section of the society including the most marginalized and subaltern can improve her status and can challenge the so-called male supremacy if she wishes because she has capability and ability to do so.

This implies to all the women irrespective of any ethnic group. The presence of truth leaves a bitter taste in those readers who want women to be dominated by Islam's misinterpreted clauses.

The truth is not always sweet. The presence of autobiographical elements makes it intense. Eventually learning to manoeuvre their fights onto his territory she writes: The change in me was slow but sure. I had evolved.

I was no longer the timid, docile, self-effacing little girl that he married. I was becoming a woman. I felt that I had to be heard in order for him to realise when he was wrong. I obeyed whatever he would impose on me but there was now a difference. It seemed that I performed under duress. I had developed a look which conveyed defiance and disagreement. Mustafa was caught on the wrong foot. He had to reassess his strategy and evolve new tactics to cope with my diffidence.

It is she who had been courageous enough to follow these confrontations in her life and the all these works are inspired by the struggle and hardships of her own life. She was so fed up with her husband that she even fought physically with him on some occasions. There are some incidents narrated by her in the book when equally leveled her husband in aggression and behavior which Gulam Mustafa Khar never thought before.

She has tolerated many physical assault by him earlier by once when he tried to beat her by pulling her by the hair and swings her around as he use to before using his favourite threat to break every bone in her body, she attack him back by flinging at him the utensil full of steaming food that she was cooking on the stove. Feeling humiliated and also burnt he raises his hand again to beat her but realizing this she pushed him back and threatened to kill him by the knife in her hand.

As she says in her own words, There was power and conviction in my tone.

The days of appeasement were over. I had declared war.In this book, she has written about her trauma and torture during her life with her husband, Gulam Mustafa Khar. The Dark River and Other Stories. The setting of the novel is Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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I was a soldier. More filters. He was the rapist of orphans and the fiend that fed the weak. What shakes me even more is the cruelty meted out by Heer's son, who, even upon knowing all her sufferings, refuses to let go of his wild greed for power which came to him after Pir's demise and further traumatizes her his way.

Love's absence ailed me.