The Stoning of Soraya M – the book

I read the book, The Stoning of Soraya M over the weekend. It has just been reprinted. It is the book upon which the film with the same title was shown in London last year & which I have written about in a previous entry in this blog.

The problem with the book is that it is written like a child’s book. The style of writing is puerile & much of it just made up, one presumes. For example there is a long history of the fake imam but the author says in the forward that he never met him. I think that what has happened is that the author has collected some actual events & put them together as one event placing next to each other events which are in the main unrelated. It isn’t the first time this has happened. He has put in the book the thoughts of Soraya as she faces her executioners. But this is not really possible.

Fundamental Islam is a step backwards, it is incredible that stoning takes place at all. But it seems that if a man accuses a woman of infidelity, the onus is upon her to disprove it but a woman cannot accuse a man of infidelity or at least if she does it is up to her to prove the fact which is probably not possible.

Soraya in fact never committed adultery but her husband did on numerous occasions, apparently. But her husband wanted her out of the way so that he could re-marry without having to pay her off. He was able to engineer her being stoned to death. It is not the first time a man has murdered his wife. But anywhere else under any other system of government, he himself would hve been punished for it, often with death.

But for all the horrors of fundamental Islam, how much value is a book which purports to be fact but which seems to be a work of imagination? He gives the village a fictitious name. So how you do we know that it does actually exist?

After the revolution & still, thousands of people have been executed. For this reason the book was worth writing & one way & another it is worth reading.

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