The Stoning of Soraya M.
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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 confession of guilt. They sentenced her to death by stoning: a punishment prohibited by Islam but widely practiced. Day by daysometimes minute by minuteSahebjam deftly recounts these horrendous events, tracing Soraya s life with searing immediacy, from her arranged marriage and the births of her children to her husband s increasing cruelty and her horrifying execution, where, by tradition, her father, husband, and sons hurled the first stones. A stark look at the intersection between culture and justice, this is one woman s story, but it stands for the stories of thousands of women who sufferedand continue to sufferthe same fate. It is a story that must be told."

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Arcade Publishing
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 161145025X
  • 9781611450255
  • 51,697

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Starred Review. An unforgettable indictment, brilliantly written and translated, of man s inhumanity to woman and of tyranny disguised as righteousness.

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