Betty Mahmoody Message Board
Oscar Barrón posts on 4/3/2009 11:15:00 AM
I first read this story in 1996, when Reader's Digest published it in Mexico in Spanish. I discovered it by chance and I loved it. At that time, as being Mexican, catholic and, I have to admit it, uninterested in foreign politics, I did not know the existing tension between the US and Iran. After reading this book I have reallized we have to open our minds to other cultures and become more tolerant. Keep going, Betty.
Lord Jetanie Knight posts on 4/2/2009 12:30:40 PM
I am a student at Ovid-Elsie School and I listen to your address last week in Ovid. Now I read down the post of many people. One that stands out is Reza. He asked you to be Honest, Be Honest in capitol letters. My reply to him is to be honest, be honest about what happened to Mona.
Happy Naw-Ruz to you,
Mac posts on 3/27/2009 6:46:47 PM
The book is Not Without My Daughter, is readily available (look in Amazon) and was made into a movie of the same name, starring Sally Field.
Karen Bennett posts on 3/27/2009 12:08:49 PM
I believe I heard that Moody either published a book or did a movie about their daughter. Does anyone know the title and if it can be purchased or viewed in the US.
Edward E. Knight posts on 3/27/2009 11:19:42 AM
I listen to you speak on the 25,Wednesday, March, 2009 at the school in Ovid.
Your closing remarks had a good sound bite but I felt in this day and age spiritually bankrupt. How sad just to pray for peace when you could be active in building the peace. Your days in Iran would I think reveal to you the need for the World Order, The Ark of Bahaullah. Be a Baha'i
Jan Cartledge posts on 3/25/2009 1:12:47 AM
I enjoyed reading about the way of life,standard of living,religious practices and dress code,family heirarchy, some customs and desriptions of getting around in that country.
marilynl posts on 3/20/2009 4:59:18 PM
I lived the life of an American woman married to a Muslim Arab. These days I try to see at the positive side of this relationship. But first the negative: I was given no power at all in my marriage, such as couldn't even choose my own clothes (but what he bought for me was beautiful and expensive!), could not discipline the children without being accused of being mean, he never discussed things with me, I was physically, emotionally and verbally abused and 'punished' often for not 'behaving,' ... this marriage ended in 1980. I filed cruel and inhumane treatment; he countered no fault, then fought me for eight years to keep the children and every worldly asset we had after 20 years of marriage. The man is mean, vindictive, controlling, could even be considered evil. BUT married to him, I traveled the world, lived well, raised my children in exotic places giving them a unique childhood, they speak both Arabic and English, they met interesting people, had private schooling, are distant relatives of the present Queen of Jordan (my two girls, just as beautiful), and basically there was a happiness until he forced me to give up my 4th pregnancy in 1977 (he already had his boy, wanted no more children).
Forced into a very sad life yet going through the motions of living, eventually I picked myself up, brushed myself off, went forward despite my great sadnesses, and I became the professional, educated, successful woman I am today, having succeeded in studying almost to the doctoral level. It was very, very difficult to get where I am….but I made it.
We need to remember to view life from an eagle's point of view rather than letting the details and horrible things that have happened to us get in the way of how we view life. Our children are always our children and there's always hope that one day the blinders will fall from their eyes if indeed they have been prejudiced against us without justification. Not all Muslim men necessarily teach their children to spit on their mothers after the divorce, but it is done. I had three children by him, all with Arabic names, and I guess I’m lucky that I hear from two on Mother’s Day; maybe at that moment, they remember back to their happy youth when Mom was hugging and loving them. The third one, a beautiful exotic looking girl of 41, is in my life everyday for which I am most thankful and says more than “Happy Mother‘s Day“ to me on a regular basis.
Samantha posts on 3/19/2009 8:03:22 PM
I just re-read 'Not Without My Daughter' last night and I must say that it doesn't matter when this happened, how much of this may have been exaggerated or whose point of view the tale is told from-if only a tenth of what was written actually transpired, Betty was more within her rights to leave and take her child with her. It is, simply put, that horrific an experience for anyone to have to endure. I mean, I left my husband for being mean vocally to me because as a woman in this century, that is my right. I actually hope that the story was exaggerated, because if all of that was actually said and done to her, I can't imagine how any human could find the will to make it through.
I am not racist, but I do believe that everybody has the right to free will. And I don't see how the story was created simply for propoganda, because there wera few Iranians within the novel who were portrayed in a wonderful light. I think she has been as objective as she could.
Does the U.S cause problems with the Middle East? Most certainly. But I'd hate to think of how the world would be if the Middle East had the power of the U.S...where would any of us be?
War between countries happens. Problems between spouses happen-but when you strip away somebody else's basic human rights-your story ought to be put out there so you can answer to the world.
Anna posts on 2/20/2009 11:29:06 PM
I have read your book and brought the movie and watch it to remind me how thankful I am for being a American Citizen. The pain you went through all in the name of love for your daughter as well.
I hurt for women who are in the same situation. And Pray that men who think they have that much power over a women need there heads examined. I will never understand a religon that give a man that kind of control all in the name of God. God is a god of love not torture. Control is a terrible thing, and it is here too in the good old USA.
I pray that you have found happiness and fulfillment with Mahtob, you deserve the best.
ginger posts on 2/14/2009 10:10:55 AM
I my God, what a world is this?
Leave this woman and child alone. Exaggerated or not. Leave them alone. Leave them alone. Leave them alone.
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