Betty Mahmoody Message Board
Jane posts on 7/10/2008 10:18:07 PM
I was married to an Arab Muslim also. I live a life on the run in the US to keep my children from being sent overseas. Trying to hide in the US today is almost impossible. What did Betty do when she got home? Did she live a particular way to keep safe? I can't read her book... it makes me anxious.
tink posts on 6/28/2008 1:48:52 PM
Can anyone tell me how to contact an organization to find a child taken by his mother to a foreign country?
We believe there was a website or phone # posted at the end of Betty's story.
We greatly appreciate any help in this matter.
Sanam posts on 6/14/2008 8:19:06 PM
this is in response to the irrational person who says that the book "Not Without My Daughter" was written to promote the ethnic cleansing of Iranians:
I hope you realize that this book was written in the late 1980s and it is an account of an American woman who was stuck in Iran during a time when the revolution was young and the Iran-Iraq war was going on.
Your comment is so meaningless.
Mrs. Mahmoody brings to light not the evil of Iranians, but of the Iranian government, and Islamist influence in Iran.
As an Iranian, I know what she is talking about. I read parts of her book and though I do detect a self-righteous attitude within her, I cannot deny some of what she has to say about Muslim fundamentalists in Iran, especially those who brought about the revolution and have remained dedicated to the principles of the Revolution.
Those people, who don't comprise all Iranians by the way, are the ones who have ruined it for other Iranians in Iran and abroad. Those village type women in chadors from Tehran who rarely shower and who don't observe hygene are a disgrace beautiful, educated, well groomed Iranian women both within Iran and outside of Iran.
The mistake that Mrs. Mahmoody made was not getting to know Dr. Mahmoody in the context of his familial and religious upbringing and she has done a thorough job of educating us all on the importance of getting to know our future spouse prior to marrying them.
Americans espouse individualism and when evaluating people from cultures that do not espouse individualism but rather collectivism and conformity, it is a mistake to do so from an individualistic or humanist perspective.
As an Iranian woman, I have seen Iranian men in different contexts and can attest to the fact that they exhibit strikingly different personality traits in all of them. Some of these personality traits are even contradictory to each other.
linda ferrill posts on 5/14/2008 6:00:12 PM
i had posted something a long time ago about my neice who was stuck in saudi arabia,and how the story touched my heart in many ways,after running away to the american consulant in jeddah,my neice is now home with me and finally safe,we will be on the news tonight,fox2 in detroit,and hopefully will be able to give hope to other ppl who are going through the same thing
Pequena posts on 5/14/2008 5:04:01 PM
Recientemente llego este libro a mis manos,yo vila pelicula , pero el libro esta mejor detallado, llore no se cuantas veces.- El amor de madre es unico y lo que tengo que decir es uno sabe con quien se casa y este fuen un amor de veras, pero la familia y la cultura pueden mas.
Alguien sabe que a sido de ellas
mandy posts on 5/2/2008 2:05:51 PM
Ok, I guess I don't understand why an american woman would even want to marry a muslum man and on top of that have children knowing what happens over there I mean if your going to do it at least don't have children so they don't have to suffer for your choice!!!
Anonymous1 posts on 4/7/2008 2:34:32 AM
You do realize that this book was published in 1986 and took place mostly in the early eighties right? It has nothing to do with "an upcoming war on Iran" and there are much more efficient means of propaganda than one woman's experience and hardships there. (Not to minimalize what she went through as both her and her daughter seem to be very courageous people)
Anonymous posts on 3/16/2008 2:22:21 AM
This book is nothing more than American Propaganda and it's purpose has a hateful agenda to demonize Persians thus leading to the justification of ethnic cleansing
in a upcoming 'war' in Iran if it ever happens.
Anonymous posts on 12/31/2007 2:01:04 AM
Though I can understand why people seek religion...There is no religion in the world that is the absolute truth, that is perfect or unflawed.
They all claim to be the 'right one'...But there is no such thing...
You have two choices. The first is to research all of them and choose the one that seems right to you...
Or the second choice, live your own life without relying on a religion to be a 'guiding light' or a crutch. We have minds to think for ourselves and should use them. Humans are capable of using reason and logic to create their own morals - without needing to follow the traditions that accompany many of the religions of the world.
Marilyn L. posts on 12/5/2007 9:34:23 AM
Responding to the lady whose son is on duty in Morocco and he gets requests from women for help against hushands who are holding them against their will or beating them. I assume these women are American. My information may be dated but when I lived in Kuwait in the 70s, if American women wanted to leave the country due to abuse, the Amer. Embassy would help them but they could not help them get the children out. The mother would have to leave alone. Things may have changed. The best move would be to contact the Amer. Embassy for help. I had my children ripped away from me by a Muslim Arab husband. I wonder if there's some organization somewhere here in the states where we women can talk to one another, a website?
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