About the Book
Facing the indignity of having to sleep with a stranger just to return to a husband who has pronounced Triple Talaq in a fit of anger; running from pillar to post to end a marriage by begging for Khula, Denied by Allah is a book that mirrors stories of women for whom even God does not seem to have mercy. These are women who have opened the windows of their bleak, painful lives in these pages; some surviving Mut'ah (pleasure), a temporary marriage, equivalent to prostitution.
This book discusses medieval laws irrelevant in the 21st century, sexist biases that pass for conventions, life impacting decisions made only by men which have denied women basic respect and protection, dignity and humaneness, often in the name of religion. The book asks, what has the community gained by keeping half of its population backward, ill-educated, chained to archaic laws, unwell and deprived? And how long will the laws for Muslim women in democratic India remain the same as in any Shariah-governed country?
About the Author
NOOR ZAHEER is a writer and researcher, writing in English, Hindi and Urdu. Her important published works include My God is a Woman – Winner of SAARC Writers Literary Award, Silent Dunes, Raging Forests, Delhi Hindi Academy Award winner Mere Hisse ki Roshnai, Surkh Karavan ke Hamsafar (travelogue Pakistan), Ret Par Khoon, Patthar ke Sainik, Aaj ke Naam (biography of well known Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz). Her recent research includes Tribal and Buddhist Oral traditions of north-western Himalayas and compilation and translation of early women writing in Urdu—four volumes of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction prose. She is the recipient of the Times Fellowship for Research; Senior Fellowship, Department of Culture, Government of India and Writer in Residence: Sahitya Academy, Delhi