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In December, two weeks after the dinner party, Rasheed informed Betty that the smuggler was unwilling to take a woman and a child on the journey over the mountains into Turkey, especially during the winter. At any rate, I loved that Betty took the time to explain Muslim holidays and customs, foods and their preparations, rules of etiquette, and even bureaucratic governmental policies. If you have picked this book up in hopes that it will give you insight about Iran, put it right back down.

It was compelling and I could hardly put it down, except when it got to be too painful at times and I needed an emotional break. To her horror, she found herself and her four-year-old daughter, Mahtob, virtual prisoners of a man rededicated to his Shiite Moslem faith, in a land where women are near-slaves and Americans despised. She handed over her passport to her husband when they landed in Iran, again, even though she had misgivings about it. Sie hatte aber Recht: es ist wirklich ein sehr gutes Buch mit einer bewegenden (wahren) Geschichte und es konnte mich sehr berühren. I understand she was angry and frustrated and had been through a lot; it probably would have been a better book had she given it some space for perspective.We must be aware that we are listening to an American woman tell us about a foreign culture based off eighteen months of experience instead of paying attention to the many who have lived and breathed this culture every day for their entire lives. According to the book, she and her husband, Sayed Bozorg Mahmoody, and daughter, Mahtob, traveled to Iran in August 1984 for what her husband said would to be a two-week visit with his family in Tehran. Betty also mentions in the book that Ahmal had informed her that the cold weather and snowfall in Balochistan was more severe than usual and reports of bandits abducting travelers meant putting them at further risk, so he had reservations of using that route. At the same time, Mom was working really tired hard to help me let go of the hatred that had taken hold of me and help me to love my dad again and remember that he had loved me. A further book was released in 2015, My Name is Mahtob written by Mahtob Mahmoody with the tagline Not without my Daughter continues.

They were to travel through Turkey; the smugglers would take them from Tehran to Tabriz and then to Van. Might becoming a public figure and an emblem for social and legal justice have been a protective measure? It's troubling that in this day and age, women are treated with such disdain - and other women support it! Was she being disingenuous regarding the circumstances surrounding her departure from the United States and about the length of her stay in Iran? Betty also gave pretty gruesome details of the filth that Iranians at that time were comfortable with but as Americans, we would find appalling and unsanitary with the Health Department persistently knocking on our doors.However, this book was written in retrospect and her bias against Islam is glaring and I kept getting frustrated with some of her depictions in the book. In August 1984, Michigan housewife Betty Mahmoody accompanied her husband to his native Iran for a two-week vacation.

but to americans, the picture of a women in a headscarve is just not "frightening" enough to sell to its stupid sheep audience, so they use the veil cause it looks exotic and foriegn.She also details, in the follow up, what it was like to come back to America and try to put her life back together. Betty Mahmoody planned to go to Iran with her family for 2 weeks but her daughter and her get kidnapped by her husband and his family.

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