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The Imam's Daughter: My Desperate Flight to Freedom
     

The Imam's Daughter: My Desperate Flight to Freedom

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by Hannah Shah
 

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Hannah Shah is an Imam’s daughter. She lived the life of a devout Muslim in a family of Pakistani Muslims in England, but behind the front door, she was a caged butterfly. For many years, her father abused her in the cellar of their home. At sixteen, she discovered a plan to send her to Pakistan for an arranged marriage, and she gathered the courage to run

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Hannah Shah is an Imam’s daughter. She lived the life of a devout Muslim in a family of Pakistani Muslims in England, but behind the front door, she was a caged butterfly. For many years, her father abused her in the cellar of their home. At sixteen, she discovered a plan to send her to Pakistan for an arranged marriage, and she gathered the courage to run away. Relentlessly hunted by her angry father and brothers, who were intent on executing an “honor” killing, she moved from house to house in perpetual fear to escape them. Over time, she converted to Christianity and was able to live and marry as she wished. Hannah found the courage to live her life free from shame, free from religious intolerance, and free from the abuse that haunted her childhood. This is a remarkable true story of how a young girl escaped a life of torture … a story you won’t forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310318194
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
762,782
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Hannah Shah is a thirty-two-year-old British woman of Pakistani Muslim parentage. After she left her home in the north of England and finished her schooling, she earned a degree in Theology and Religious Studies. She now lives in the south of England, where she is increasingly in demand for speaking engagements to support others facing similar situations. She married for love in the spring of 2008. Visit Hannah's website at www.hannahshah.com.

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Imam's Daughter: My Desperate Flight to Freedom 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Happy she was able to find love and happiness. Too bad her pig of a father couldn't be brought up on charges. Maybe when he reaches "paradise" he'll find out it is really hell!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book today and cannot stop thinking what an incredible woman Hannah is and amazed how she survived all that crap abuse from her father. I admire her simple yet powerful writing style that humbly and compassionately shares the suffering of her childhood. I am so glad she escaped and discovered Someone who would never let her down as her father had. I recommend Hannah's story to any person who is going through a trial in life or who have an abusive past. Hannah's story is uplifting - and her happy ending with Tom was so sweet and innocent :). Please read this encouraging story. I hope Hannah continues her incredible ministry to broken women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Would definitely recommend.
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Mom_in_Tennis_Shoes More than 1 year ago
This is the true story about a Pakistani Muslim girl growing up in Great Britain. Hannan Shah is probably one of the bravest young women I know and all the more so because of her Muslim background. She grew up in a household where her father, the spiritual leader of the community, begins raping and beating her in the basement at the tender age of 5, and continues to do so until she runs away from home at the age of 16. She meets up with a network of British families who hide her to prevent her father from shipping her off to Pakistan to marry a man she has never met. During her journey, she converts to the Christian faith and in so doing, her father rouses up an angry mob of about 40 male relatives and neighbors to try to hunt her down and do an "honor killing", which is sanctioned in the Pakistani community. For 6 years, she moves from place to place, trying to find shelter and still try to get a college education. During this time, she goes on short-term mission trips to India and Greece, finds psychological healing for her PSTD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and then becomes a highly sought-after public speaker in Great Britain to enlighten the government to the human rights abuses in the Muslim Pakistani community within Great Britain's own borders. This is much more than a Christian biography...it is about a young girl's emancipation from a highly abusive environment, the courage to escape from an unacceptable life and embrace the freedom to be who she wants to be and believe what she wants to believe. It is also a story about a clash of cultures: what if a Muslim family thinks it's okay to abduct a girl out of the host country against her will and force her to marry when she is under legal age? Very inspiring story and highly recommended.
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SheilaCE More than 1 year ago
The Imam's Daughter Hannah Shah "My father was the Imam; my father was the mosque." The world Hannah was born into meant her father has absolute power over nearly everyone, especially his family. A sometimes dark and brutal tale, the book is overwhelmingly a tribute the resilience of one woman's soul. Raped by her father from the age of five, Hannah Shah lived in a child's pretend world to escape the horrors of her home. With imaginary Loneliness Birds from heaven coming to her rescue, she was able to survive beatings, rape, and days of being locked in a dark, silent cellar without food. Her mother and brothers turned a blind eye to the nightmare that became her life. With the help of a school teacher, Hannah escapes. Chased, threatened with murder, and moving to dozens of houses to escape her tyrannical father, Hannah blossoms into a caring, compassionate woman, choosing to laugh, to love and to forgive. An intense look at the inner workings of the Muslim faith how beliefs can become easily distorted and how courage comes in many forms. The Imam's Daughter is a touching and poignant novel, and author Hannah Shah, a former Muslim, is a tribute to what being a Christian means.