November 20, 2018


Blasphemy is Tehmina Durrani’s novel about the exploitation at the hands of her husband. Many describe the novel to be about “religious” exploitation, however. Set In South Pakistan, This Controversial Novel Is A Searing Study Of Evil. It Is The Tragic And Shocking Story Of The Beautiful Heer, Brutalized And Corrupted . Book Review: Blasphemy by Tehmina Durrani. Set in South Pakistan, BLASPHEMY – the novel is inspired by a true story of a young girl trapped in the cruelest.

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It’s curious to see the other reviews simply dismiss this book as “these things can’t happen, not possible” or castigate the woman in the book for the choices that she made almost always under duress.

Blasphemy: A Novel – Tehmina Durrani – Google Books

View all 6 comments. Her marriage to Mustafa Khar, one of Pakistan’s most eminent political figures, so Born into one of Pakistan’s most influential families, Tehmina Durrani was raised in the privileged milieu of Lahore high society. Her most famous book, which was an overnight best seller and sensation in Pakistan as well as around the world. The spirit is crushed. During political discussions, she did seem to show off as a nicer and idealistic person, which seems suspect to me.

How can such oppression and cruelty be permitted, especially in the name of religion? This book lacks sincerity. Many describe the novel to be about “religious” exploitation, however, it is evident in the story that religious plays no part in the sins of a man, its the exploitation of a religion that allows a mere man to act like God, in the case of this woman.

A book, difficult to digest because it is autobiographical. Tehmina Durrani’s story provided extraordinary insights into the vulnerable position of women caught in the complex web of Muslim society. A very interesting story and it has some ugly details of the underground world in pakistan.

Sep 24, Sheokhanda rated it liked it. Guppi’s mother, Heer, the main jovel of the novel is reminded of her spirit when she would ask her Baba.


Still, if only for her horrible experiences, I was inclined towards giving this book a 3-star rating. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. At that time, as I was beginning to discover Pakistani a The theme of the novel is tragic and controversial.

In her search for someone who was in touch with the problems of the common man, and who had found a solution, she found Pakistan’s most celebrated humanitarian, Abdul Sattar Edhi.

In prose of great power and intensity, the author tells the tragic story of the beautiful Heer, brutalized and corrupted by Pir Sain, the man of God, whom she is married to when barely fifteen.

I think this crippled self-esteem, if not entirely, became noel reason of her further suffering. Though I agree with some of the other reviews that the author comes off as insincere, I have to believe that most of what she claims is true, though possibly dramatized and exaggerated. Almost everything is connected to the Shrine, or Pir Saein indeed.

Makes you cringe every single page Indeed, there are moments in the reading of the novel where one feels like crying out ‘This is not what Islam is. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Was his aim not to instruct us? Lists with This Book.

The Whimsy Bookworm: A Book Blog from India: Review: Blasphemy by Tehmina Durrani.

She merely describes things as they are. We don’t know who they are, what their stories are An interesting,though debatable book. But, then these kind of a story is something I should have expected from Ms Durrani. I’m disgusted with him for the most part.

My Feudal Lord

How many of us even consider our actions as sins at all, until they are blaspheky weighed against us? The atrocities that happen on the protagonist are monstrous.

I have heard about Durrani’s ‘My Feudal Lord’ but chose to read this first because I wasn’t in the mood for an autobiography. Many people have fallen for far less than what she pursued, or nothing.

I was expecting a below average book in terms of content and style like most famous biographies. Its real in the sense that as you keep reading, you eventually fall under its spell, which is perhaps intentional on the Author’s part, she does try too hard to justify her actions and reactions throughout the book. In the Pir’s haveli, unspeakable horrors are perpetrated every day and every night on her body, mind, dignity, all in the name of Allah.


In cultures like our- Durrano and Pakistan- people sometimes blindly follow the word of these so-called men of God. All these people are not fictional they are real people and this is a true story.

Yes the lion fights like hell an everyone is scared of him but at least he cares for his family and protects novdl. The irony is that actually in societies professing faith in the book which leaves no room for any further Divine directive in religion after the Prophet 11 and which raised the cry of bi ayyi dhambin qutilat for what sin was she murderedself-proclaimed intercessors as Blasphemy’s Pir Sain have the ‘Divine’ right to distort Islam in novek name of Islam and thmina ‘murder’ all the rights that this religion gave to the Daughter of Eve.

How can someone be tortured so much and still survive and end up with a happy ending. The sole purpose of the book seems to be to attract the attention of the Western nvoel. Never personally being in the situation as Heer, I would not claim to say what should or what should not have been done or felt.

You began to look more closely for things unsaid and unexplained. Durrani said that the story is factual, with some names and events altered to blaspnemy the identity of the women who are at the center of the story.