Betty Mahmoody Message Board

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?
bla posts on 7/15/2008 4:46:33 AM After they came in the USA, Betty and Mahtab changed their names and moved away. Thats how they're hiding.
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 Pequena
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