Betty Mahmoody Message Board
Kae posts on 10/29/2008 7:55:56 PM
If the Koran is to teach peace to the people, why are there so many wars involving the Middle East since history begun. After reading the book, “Not without my daughter” and absorbing it deeply, one realises that there are many issues to be dealt with. “No women or child deserve to be beaten. This happens all over the world. Also worth remembering is that once on his homeland soil Moody reverted back to his traditional ways. Islamic laws of the Koran on dealing with a “baad” wife are combined with those of the Middle Eastern Government laws. Men have rights and women do not, the Pasdar made sure of that. No one enjoys wearing a hot, suffocating restrictive and claustrophobic garb as there laws tell them to do so. I believe the biggest lesson learnt after reading about Bettys experience in marrying an Iranian or anyone of a different culture to yourself is to research the background of that culture and their country and then decide if you can adhere to the expectations required of you as a their wife, as it will be for life. Too late to change your expectations after the marriage and you are trapped. Please learn from others experiences and be warned. I see Betty as remarkable, loving, compassionate, inspiring woman who fought for the freedom and safety of herself and her child Mahtob, as any mother would do in her dilemma.
liz posts on 10/27/2008 5:02:38 PM
betty and mahtob,
Aafter watching your story i was moved as after facing death as a mother due to illness i know how much a love for a child can do for a person. You are such an inspiration and have such strength, i wish you and your family the every best for your futures. Dont stop doing what you are doing, my heart goes to you and your daughter i wish you peace and happiness
Rupali posts on 9/18/2008 3:02:11 AM
Once i red your book when i was young, i am reading this book again, but now the situation has got changed, after reading your book now i have realised that i too haved lived with a hubby who has same attitutde, same behavious, same nature and with same fincancial situations with all fear and insucurities, i am staying sepreately with my parents with my only son, but still for son i had decided to go back to hubby, but through divine messages i was forced to read the book again and now i am realising that i should not go back to hubby and his home which is equal to hell. During your journey God helped you a lot, the same way i am getting God's messages for me through you and your book which gives me a courage to live life independently without fear and with courage.
Thank You so much for the book and your message for me.
God bless you and your sweet and strong doughter.
With love and light.
Noosa posts on 9/3/2008 11:57:13 AM
I hope I could get to meet Betty and Mahtob in person. I am a Christian who was born and raised in Egypt, which is a muslim country. My biggest dream since I was a little girl was to leave and come to the USA. When I was 16, a muslim neighbor told my father that when I am old enough to marry that he was going to kidnap me and his son was going to marry me and I was going to be a muslim. However, my dad would never allow that to happen. As a result, he sent me away to live in the USA and to go to an American college. I was so happy to go come to the US and I love it here a whole lot. Eventhough sometimes I get homesick and miss my family and I visit them from time to time, I am so happy to be in the USA where I am free to live a happy safe life that I can build for myself. I have watch the movie "Not without my daughter" and read the book. It is very couragious what you did to get you and your daughter out of Iran and getting your freedom back. I admire you both and I wish to meet you someday. I admire anyone who is strong and couragious. You did the right thing to protect your daughter.
your ardent admirer posts on 9/2/2008 1:10:44 PM
betty mahmoody u r a very courageous lady.to attempt escape in those adverse conditions was both brave and desperate.not without my daughter has been my favourite book so far. i have been able to feel fr u n empathise with u.best of luck 2 u n mahtob. n hope i have d privilege of meeting u sometime.
shirley gardner posts on 8/30/2008 1:54:45 PM
Where are the mother and daughter? How did their lives turn out?
On A Mission posts on 8/21/2008 12:03:24 AM
I am an American woman, but lived in Tehran for several years as a teenager. I was there during the mid to late 70's while the shaw was still in power. This book really pulled at my heart strings, because I knew so many people there before the revolution that I wonder about all the time. Did they ever get out, and how? Anyway, I feel the book was honestly written, keeping in mind that it was both about some fanatic Iranians, but also some extremely decent ones, too. I wish I could read the original version of the book, before it was rewritten.
AMJSB posts on 8/7/2008 5:58:05 PM
I just read this book , I was so taken by it that I actually started this morning and finished it now (6 hours later).
I am a half foreign half arab (christian). But in our family we have all sorts from shiites sunnis greek orthodox catholics etc..and when we sit on one table for a meal we are one !
This book doesnt justify all Iranians or all Muslims.( half of my family married wonderful iranians)BUT It does justify all fanatics of any sort of religion.
But again , Betty's luck was that her husbands insecurities, financial situation and influence brought the monster in him and I think it was an excellent story and very courageous of her..and Mahtob
Digna Mialda posts on 8/5/2008 5:08:28 PM
yo lei el libro no sin mi hija y llore junto con ellatambien vi la pelicula pienzo que es una mujer muy valiente
married to Saudi posts on 7/16/2008 10:17:49 PM
Interested in knowing if you change your name can someone just find out if youve changed your name and get the new one Is it legal in the states for her to be holding the child without permission from the father? I think if I brought my son to Canada that even the Canadian government would need me to have permission to enter if I got that far?
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