The Stoning of Soraya M.: A Story of Injustice in Iran

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Soraya M.’s husband, Ghorban-Ali, couldn’t afford to marry another woman. Rather than returning Soraya’s dowry, as custom required before taking a second wife, he plotted with four friends and a counterfeit mullah to dispose of her. Together, they accused Soraya of adultery. Her only crime was cooking for a friend’s widowed husband. Exhausted by a lifetime of abuse and hardship, Soraya said nothing, and the makeshift tribunal took her silence as a confession of guilt. They sentenced her to death by stoning: a ...

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Overview

Soraya M.’s husband, Ghorban-Ali, couldn’t afford to marry another woman. Rather than returning Soraya’s dowry, as custom required before taking a second wife, he plotted with four friends and a counterfeit mullah to dispose of her. Together, they accused Soraya of adultery. Her only crime was cooking for a friend’s widowed husband. Exhausted by a lifetime of abuse and hardship, Soraya said nothing, and the makeshift tribunal took her silence as a confession of guilt. They sentenced her to death by stoning: a punishment prohibited by Islam but widely practiced.

Day by day—sometimes minute by minute—Sahebjam deftly recounts these horrendous events, tracing Soraya’s life with searing immediacy, from her arranged marriage and the births of her children to her husband’s increasing cruelty and her horrifying execution, where, by tradition, her father, husband, and sons hurled the first stones. A stark look at the intersection between culture and justice, this is one woman’s story, but it stands for the stories of thousands of women who suffered—and continue to suffer—the same fate. It is a story that must be told.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781611450255
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/27/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 344,030
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 5.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Freidoune Sahebjam, the son of a former Iranian ambassador, is a journalist who was sentenced to death in absentia for his undercover reporting criticizing the Iranian government. He lives in hiding in France.

Richard Seaver was a publisher, editor, and translator. He passed away in 2009.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Heartbreaking

    A couple of years ago I saw the movie the Stoning of Soraya M. The book had not been re-released yet (it was pulled off the shelves for several years), but I preordered almost immediately after watching the film. This book exposes the darkest side of extremism. The story will break your heart, and then break it again. The hardships this woman faced, and women continue to face in remote villages in the middle east are terrifying and should make us all grateful that our (women’s) lives are held as precious and not disposable. As a mother I read this book thinking of the children that were affected and touched by Soraya M.’s life, as woman I imagine her pain and despair when she is cast aside for something “better”.
    Many may find this book (and the movie) difficult to read/watch. Many will not finish it, but for those of us that were able to fight through the tears to the bitter end, we learn valuable lessons. Sometimes honesty is not enough. Sometimes love is not enough. Sometimes this world is cruel and unfair. Please take caution when reading this book or watching the movie, it is not for children (it is barely for adults). It deals with and details horrific acts and horrible situations and does not have a “happy” ending.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

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    Highly Recommend

    This was like a bucket of cold water thrown in my face. Although I know this goes on, reading the story of one specific woman made it so much worse. I knew how it was going to end but found myself hoping and praying that someone would do something. This book made me appreciate my freedoms even more than I already do. I was so disgusted with how an entire community knew the truth and not only said nothing, but went right along with it. They participated. I went through so many emotions while reading and then later thinking about this story. I don't even know how to explain it. Be prepared to be outraged, disgusted, sick and more. This book pulls no punches and the actual stoning is described in vivid detail. It almost seems vulgar, but is so important because I think we sometimes don't completely grasp the full extent of this vicious and barbaric practice.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Highly Recommended - A Must Read!

    I am getting ready to buy this book. I just finished watching the movie and became horrified at the lengths some will go through to get what they want. I cannot wait to read the book for a more indepth insight into this despicable behavior of women. My heart goes out to the children who were victims in this horrendous story.

    Anyone who doesn't get what happened really was not paying attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Didnt have my attention at all

    Needed to get to the point. Didnt finish the book

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Excellent movie but even better as a book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    So Sad...

    This was an amazing read. Its been a weeks since ive read the book and i still cant get the thoughts out of my head. Freidoune Sahebjam Did a great job telling the world Soraya's Story.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Amazing!!

    This book is so amazing, people need to read this book so Soraya can tell her story and help women who are in the same dangers that she was in.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This story is a must read...It has the tendency to elicit a very strong and real response to the plight of women in the middle east.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Very moving and a must read!

    I read the book and saw the movie. It is a thought provoking and hard look into the lives of women in Muslim countries. They are considered property and have no rights. As a woman and a mother, I can't even begin to imagine the horror this poor woman endured at the hands of her husband.

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