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My Feudal Lord: A Devastating Indictment of Women's Role in Muslim Society Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1996

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"'An extraordinary story'" The Sunday Times "'Riveting...one of the many remarkable qualities of Durrani's story is her total frankness...she emerges as a woman to be admired'" The Age, Melbourne

About the Author

A member of one of Pakistani's most influential families, Tehmina Durrani decided to write this book about they way women are treated in Pakistan after leaving her husband Mustafa Khar. In the writing of My Feudal Lord, Tehmina Durrani worked with William Hoffer, author of Midnight Express and co-author of Betty Mahmoody's Not Without My Daughter.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books; Reprint edition (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552142395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552142397
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When first released it was scandalous, par excellence phenomena and felt incredibly true and Durrani was considered extremely brave for divulging extremely personal, even humiliating details of her married life. Mind you, this is Pakistan right after the Zia years and the book detailed a sexual affair that leads to marriage and sexual humiliation at the hands of the feudal husband and it understandably rocked the conservative Pakistan. But it was the first book of it's kind about a major political figure and to date that stands true.

Mustafa Khar is often called the male 'Elizabeth Taylor' (which frankly is derogatory to the legendary actress - atleast she married because she was spoilt and in love! No one can lay that claim on Khar saahib, his 7th wife was 40 years his junior or something) and my mom's interpretation of his behavior as governor during Bhutto years in the rocking hillbilly chaotic 70s is not too complementary either ("women were abducted and brought to Governor House for him to rape", "he put one wife, former air hostess, in a basement, she was never seen again") - basically he was known as a lothario / sex fiend and when I read this extraordinary book in 90s, I was irritated more by Durrani's consistently bad behavior before and after her marriage than the crazy feudal landlord.

Their romance begins as all affairs do: clandestine, amongst protestations from Khar's then-wife that Khar is not a nice guy - remarks totally ignored by a spoilt flippant beautiful social butterfly Durrani who was herself married at the time - and promptly eloped leaving her kid with the first husband. Even the final write-up looks like the middle finger Durrani could give from arm's length.
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I liked the way authors have explained and described the tyranny and the brutality of a man, who is a strong politician. And, on the other hand, there is a woman, due to her insecrities from her family, falls for someone who is just not meant to be with her. Since its a true life story, so I would like to congratulate Tehmina Durrani for the courage she gathered, and wrote against Mustafa Kharr. Hatts off.
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This book was the first recommended to me by a male friend in Pakistan when I visited there last year. Although not a new bestseller, it provides context for understanding Pakistan. Beware--it is not upbeat, but I found it thoroughly enlightening and helpful.
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I tried hard to read this book. It has a lot of information in it about conditions and politics in Pakistan. I tried hard. I gave up around half way through. Dreary, tedious and depressing.
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Great book! I can hardly put it down. The author really does a wonderful job of stirring your emotions for what she is going through.
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I received my book and the condition was okay... not great but okay. I am still reading this book and so far its slow but interesting!
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